Cisco study shows: Hybrid work creates joy and productivity, but employees lack greater focus on inclusive work culture

Over the past two years, the opportunity for homework has improved employee well-being, work-life balance and productivity.

It shows a new, global Ciscosurvey with over 28,000 respondents from 27 different countries worldwide.

The study provides insight into how employees, who come from a wide range of industries and with various titles, have experienced the hybrid working life during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

82 percent of the respondents in the survey state that the freedom to work anywhere has made them happier, while 60 percent have experienced increased productivity.

“It is clear that hybrid work has come to stay and with good reason. Both employees and managers experience clear benefits across key indicators – from improved overall employee welfare to better productivity and work effort, ”says Anupam Trehan, Senior Director of the People and Communications Department at Cisco APJC.

Despite increased employee productivity and satisfaction, it lags behind in combining the flexible workplace with an inclusive work culture, the study shows.

Thus, only one in four employees believes that their organization is prepared to facilitate a workplace with freedom for teleworking.

“It is quite obvious that more needs to be done to take full advantage of the opportunities for a hybrid work future. Especially in connection with building an inclusive work culture, devising strategies for employee involvement and implementing technological infrastructure that creates a closeness and sense of presence among the employees who are not physically present in the workplace, ”says Anupam Trehan.

Flexibility weighs heaviest

The study provides insight into what is needed for employees and organizations to thrive in the hybrid work future, and here the key word is flexibility.

Because although respondents highlight a wide range of benefits from working from home such as better finances, healthier lifestyle, more time for family and less stress, 71 percent believe that the wish scenario is a combination of homework and days in the office.

Respondents highlight commitment, trust, inclusion as well as technological challenges with networking and cybersecurity as reasons why full-time teleworking is currently not preferable.

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