According to the PwC 2022 Global Workforce report, "the hybrid work model is here to stay. The precise ratio of office time and at-home time will vary, but companies need to experiment and adapt. That includes addressing the factors that drive retention risk—including authenticity, meaningful work and pay transparency—all of which become harder when employees aren't in the same location every day."
Even though we enter 2023 with a couple of years of experience in adopting and adapting to the hybrid work model, there are still some challenges managers will need to face next year. And taking into account that 54% of the PwC study respondents claimed to be able to work remotely, managers need to master this new reality to increase retention and improve talent acquisition.
1. Employees and Employers Have Different Expectations
This is not surprising because employees and managers already have different expectations of several aspects like salary, working hours, vacation time, and the balance between office and home work complete this list.
The PwC's 2022 Global Workforce Survey (of 52,195 workers across 44 countries and territories) shows us that there's a gap between how much remote work time an employee expects to do and how much his employer expects. According to these stats:
26% of employees prefer working remotely full-time, while 18% of employers agree with this option
The exact amount of employers (18%) pretends their employees to work full-time in person, while only 11% of workers prefer this option.
The shortest gap is found with the "mostly remote working with some in-person working" model, with 23% of employees and 22% of employers opting for this option.
2. Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)
"Among full-time remote workers (about 17% of all respondents), more than two-thirds are concerned about missing out on development opportunities. These employees, who are likely to be younger, need a more proactive approach to performance management and career development. For managers, the goal is to distribute opportunities equitably, regardless of whether employees come to the office or work at home," shows the report.
3. Technology Investment
"39% of respondents said they're concerned about not getting sufficient training in digital and technology skills from their employer. That proportion is even higher among younger respondents. Companies must invest in technology to support remote work and put the right governance in place over decisions regarding pay, promotions and other rewards to fight proximity bias", according to PwC.
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