Work From Home Proves to Be a Driver of Employee Happiness: Hibob Survey Reveals Workplace Satisfaction Is Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels
NEW YORK, April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, leading people management platform Hibob unveils the results of its latest workplace study, showing a majority of U.S. workers' job satisfaction is back to pre-pandemic levels. With ongoing remote work, the allowance of flexible work schedules, the ability to be autonomously productive, and time saved without a commute are contributing and shaping the next normal where a hybrid working model leads the way. The study also showed that with strong job satisfaction while remote, the rollout of the vaccine will not prompt employees to run back to the office five days a week. Some even say an obligation to return to a physical workspace would push them to look for a new job.
"There's been so much emphasis on the vaccine and a 'return to normalcy' that is supposed to restore happiness and business as usual. Many companies are failing to see the tremendous benefit that working from home has provided its people - flexibility, work/life balance, adjusted hours, and more time with family. Employees have established a strong rhythm with this structure, and it's going to be really hard to shock people back into the workplace 5 days a week just because they are vaccinated," says Hibob CEO Ronni Zehavi. "Not only has the virtual workplace changed, but the physical workplace will be taking on a new form as we ease back into socializing with others. We should not take a step backwards but instead, companies must create flexible, hybrid workplaces to keep their employees happy and engaged."
Job Satisfaction Is Tied to Flexible Work Models
Hibob's study found that job satisfaction is back up to pre-pandemic levels as people have adjusted to the benefits of working from home.
With a shift towards hybrid work, the office purpose has also changed -- it's evolving from an everyday work space to a place designated for socialization, collaboration, and company culture. Companies implementing hybrid models may use in-office time more for meetings, get-togethers, and onboarding, and less for individual work and clocking in and out. However, how it's viewed now differs for employees based on their roles.
Why Vaccines Might Not Be The Workplace Panacea
Data proves that flexibility is key to employee success. Even with vaccines helping mitigate safety concerns, they are not a reason for pushing fully in-person work 5 days a week given the proven success of hybrid.
Vaccination expectations and protocol are going to be difficult to streamline and implement in a way that appeals to all employees Everyone has a different view on what should and shouldn't be allowed, and it's clear that a mandate won't placate employee concerns and offer the best solution for work/life balance and job satisfaction.
"Hibob's study proves again what we've already known - flexibility leads to productivity and employee happiness. While it may have taken a few months to adjust, the past year has shown that a combination of in-person and remote work has a broad appeal to employees of all job levels, genders, and parental standings. Companies need to realize that the next normal is here, and make sure their policies put people first and help them perform at their best," adds Zehavi.
The national survey was conducted online by Pollfish on behalf of Hibob on February 25, 2020. It includes responses from 1,000 full-time employees ages 25 and up in the United States.
More information about the findings can be found at http://hibob.com/guides/hybrid-work-drives-employee-happiness
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