Wednesday, June 19, 2024

New studies back hybrid working on all fronts

A series of studies have backed the idea that hybrid working, ideal for shedworkers, is an ideal way forward for many people.

Most recently, a study published this week in academic journal Nature showed that over a six-month trial investigating the effects of hybrid working from home on 1,612 employees in a Chinese technology company, hybrid working improved job satisfaction and reduced quit rates by one-third (especially among women and those with a long commute). Nor did it affect performance grades over two years of reviews or make any difference in promotions, or have any effect on the lines of code written by computer-engineer employees. The paper's conclusion was: "These results indicate that a hybrid schedule with two days a week working from home does not damage performance."

It follows a similar study by IWG last week which revealed three quarters of the 1,026 people interviewed who work hybridly suffered less burnout than when entirely in the office. Other results showed a majority felt less drained (79%), less stressed (78%), less anxious (72%)  and enjoyed a better quality of sleep (68%)
, more exercise (54%)
, healthier meal preparation (58%)
, and better health overall (68%)

As with the study above, three quarters were more motived and more productive and 85% reported that it had improved their job satisfaction.

Finally, a new report released by The Stepstone Group, parent company of IrishJobs, indicated that hybrid working is a major deal breaker for jobseekers in Ireland - nearly half  (47%) said they would refuse a job offer if there were no hybrid/fully remote working possibilities. Overall, 42% of European job seekers would refuse a decent job offer if the employer had no hybrid offering.

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