The Rules for Hybrid Work Were Always Made Up | The New York Times

Workforce Trends

Last week, I posted how a segment of workers is expressing frustration with hybrid work policies that center on how they should split their time between working in the office and working from home. The principal argument against these policies is that they focus more on where employees should work rather than on work outcomes. Illustrating this point is news about a group of high-ranking Apple employees that published an open letter to the company declaring their resignation in April after learning they’d need to commute to an office at least three days a week. And as a rise in COVID-19 cases leads some firms to pause their plan to have employees return to the office (e.g., The New York Times is delaying its plan to return workers to the office in June, and Apple has just suspended its requirement that employees return to its Cupertino, California, headquarters this month for at least three days a week), restoring a cadence of hybrid work within many organizations has just got more challenging. This new article provides a perspective that a large-scale return to office may never be on the horizon as more and more workplaces pause or end the expectation of three days a week in the officeThe article also references that a Robin survey of over 10,000 offices globally found that nearly 20% of American office workers are back one day a week, about 10% are back two days a week, just five percent are back three days a week, even fewer are back four or five days a week and more than 50% do not use the office consistently every week. If you cannot access the online version via the button below,  here is a PDF copy.

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