Research on hybrid work is extensive and ongoing. But we are now starting to draw at least some conclusions.

Many businesses are experimenting with 3-2 and 2-3 set-ups; however, they aren’t very effective. How many days a week employees are required to work in the office is one of the most important decisions that organizations have ever had to make. Businesses use hybrid work in a variety of different ways. There isn’t really a plan that works for all businesses, even as they get ready for returning employees. Mixed employment has numerous emotional consequences. Some individuals find that having a hybrid career provides them with the much-needed emotional boost they need. When they return to work and see coworkers they haven’t seen in months, employees who have been longing for human interaction find themselves reenergized.

To make this phase feel more strategic and less like an experiment, the focus will first be on improving the laws and procedures that make hybrid work the norm. Global movements will help us uncover quick fixes, long-term fixes, and, hopefully, ways to make the hybrid setup work, even if progress is slow.