The new norm for office workers, brought by the COVID-19 virus is a bit tangled and uncertain, with no clear developments yet to come out.
Businesses, big and small, are working out their work processes and office policies due to the various types of hybrid and remote working arrangements that are popping up.
Based on the trends uncovered by WorkInSync which is a Bengaluru-based provider of global hybrid solutions It appears that the hybrid working model is going to be here for the long haul. When the first lockdown occurred in early 2020, the majority of organizations and employees believed that remote work would be the norm but thirty months after, the balance appears to be shifting towards working in a hybrid manner.
WorkInSync’s latest ‘Hybrid Work Trends Report’, which is based on the company’s technology solutions, reveals intriguing insights into employees’ preferences within the hybrid workplace and how companies are taking on new challenges in order to create flexible working arrangements.
There are two sets of information that we’d like to examine two sets of data: one that is based on the 300,000 active monthly users of WorkInSync’s mobile solutions (transportation from office to home) prior to and during the outbreak in India and the 51,000 active monthly users of its hybrid solutions across 19 countries, including India, Canada, the US, Canada, India, France and Australia in June 2022.
The percentage of those who went back to work in relation to the pre-COVID level peaked at 60 in June 2022 while April 2020 recorded the lowest percentage of 3.3% over the 27-month time frame (between April 2020 and June 2022). Incredibly, prior to both the third and the second wave of the disease, the numbers gradually increased before dropping again before increasing.
As an example, in April 2021, the number of those who returned to work in April of 2020 was 3% increasing gradually to 17% by march 2021 (start of the second wave) and dropped to 7% by the month of May in 2021 (end of the second wave). Similar to this, it increased to 26% by the end of December 2021, marking the start of the 3rd wave, only to decrease to 16% by February 2022 towards the end that third wave.
In India the banking financial services, insurance and banking (BFSI) sector, which includes companies like JP Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank have the highest percentage of office workers (84 percent) during June of 2022 as compared to the amount of active monthly users for March 2022. The next was the IT/ITeS industry (including companies like IBM as well as Infosys) with 43%, and by the IT Services sector (including firms like Google, Meta and Microsoft) at 35 percent.
For city-specific trends, Mumbai topped the charts with the highest percentage of employees coming to work (100 percent) by June 20, 2022. The calculation is dependent on the active monthly users of the company’s platform in relation to the pre-pandemic active users as of March 2020. For the National Capital Region (NCR) the figure was 81%, followed by Bengaluru (59 percent), Pune (52%), Hyderabad (50%) and Chennai (33 percent).
To clarify, employees don’t go to the office everyday. They were in the office about eight days per month, on average across the globe from June to June. The majority of employees (43 percent) were working from their workplaces from 1 to 5 days, while a smaller than three percent (31 percent) worked every 6 to 10 days. One in four employees (26 percent) went to work more than 11 days in a month during the month.
It is calculated based upon the amount of monthly active users using WorkInSync’s hybrid workplace solutions in June 2022.
It is interesting to note that Indian employees are more likely to arrive at their offices at 11 am until 1 pm. However, those in other countries would prefer to work between 7-10 am, according to global data for June. But, of the Indian employees, around 33% prefer to arrive at their offices earlier, between 6 to 9 in the morning. That said, a larger proportion female employees (35 percent) prefer to get to work during the morning, which is three hours in comparison to 32 percent of female employees in India.
“In the past, before COVID it was quite a bit of variation in the timing at which individuals started work. After COVID it is common for people to come in simultaneously and departing simultaneously,” says Deepesh Agarwal Co-founder and CEO of WorkInSync.
Meeting rooms are used for meetings and is growing now. There are more people scheduling meeting rooms instead of working at their desks,” adds Deepesh, which suggests that people may be visiting offices more frequently for collaborative meetings rather than working on their workstations.
With WorkInSync’s hybrid services you can reserve desks (preferably close to those they would like to talk with) as well as meeting rooms and parking slots since not all employees visit offices that day.
“There are numerous instances of companies which have increased their workforce within the last two years, yet have not utilized more real estate space, as suggested through the hybrid work trend. Sharing resources and the use of our app provides possibility for offices to transform their space into co-working facilities. A total of 1,000 can comfortably be accommodated inside a 500-seat workplace,” explains Deepesh.
The entrepreneur added that companies are looking at their hybrid workplace trends data and are expected to redesign their workspaces after they are confident that the exercise to overhaul their office will serve their goals. The entrepreneur said that businesses tend to work using fewer desks than before COVID, and will likely to increase the number of meeting rooms and collaboration spaces. rooms.
Globally, workers prefer to commute for work on Wednesdays (25 percent) and Thursdays (23 percent) as well as Tuesdays (20 %)–in that order in June 2022). It’s no surprise that people prefer going to work on Fridays (13 percent) and Monday blues doing better, at 16%.
Based on the active monthly customers of the hybrid solutions for work in 19 nations, the employees worked on average nine hours in their workplaces and those working in start-ups (9.5 hours) having a longer time of 30 minutes than employees in large companies (nine minutes).
Female employees also spent more than an hour in their workplaces, in comparison to male employees during June of 2022.