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Report: State of the Hybrid Workplace


One of the most significant changes the 2020 pandemic brought to the workforce was the emergence of work from home flexibility. While shutdowns forced many businesses to offer this type of work setting, many workers fought back during reopening to stay in a more flexible hybrid schedule for good.

In fact, before the pandemic, three quarters of US and UK employees worked full-time from the office, today, one in two employees are hybrid workers.

To find out more about the future of work and where employees and employers are now when it comes to hybrid workplaces, Cloudbooking surveyed 4,675 adults who worked in an office before and during the pandemic across the United Kingdom and the United States.

Cloudbooking provides workspace management solutions and has over 1.7 million global users. It provides solutions like desk booking, meeting room booking, car park management and visitor management tools for 250 clients.

According to the “Future of Work: 8 Trends in Workplace Transformation” report, there is a large gap between the number of U.S. workers vs. U.K. workers who had to return to the office full-time in 2022. The survey uncovered 31% and 18% of US and UK workers, respectively, returning to the office full-time in 2022.

Lack of understanding what employees want can lead to things like high turnover rates, poor company culture and other workforce issues. It’s important for companies to understand not just what workers are looking for - but that flexible options, done right - can also provide benefits.  

The report, which is a follow-up to Cloudbooking’s 2021 report, “The Hybrid Workplace: An Employee Census” which revealed that 93% of workers were against a full-time return to the office or a full-time working-from-home scenario, preferring a hybrid workplace instead.

In fact, offering hybrid work options is also a factor in talent acquisition today. According to the report, 67 percent of employees said they would likely not work for companies that didn’t offer some work flexibility.

“Employers must accept that the future of work is about choice — employees choosing where they do their best work, working where they feel most productive and going to the office when it suits them most,” the report states.

Edited by Greg Tavarez

Future of Work Contributor

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