The COVID-19 pandemic forever altered the way business functions, requiring companies of all types and sizes to support some level of remote-working capability through policies, practices and technologies. Now, nearly every organization must provide some form of hybrid workplace that enables fluid operations between working from the office and working just about anywhere else at any time.
Why? Because that’s what workers want, per Brian Kopp, chief of HR research at Gartner, who told USA Today
earlier this year: “Employees now expect to be able to work flexibly. They feel they should be able to decide where and when they work.”
Studies and stats back Kopp’s conclusion:
- Out-of-Office Options: Gartner’s survey of 130 human resources leaders showed 93% of them plan to allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time – even after the pandemic fades.
- PCs for Productivity: Going into 2021, The Wall Street Journal cited market data from Gartner and International Data Corp. (IDG) showing global shipments of personal computers rose more than 10% from 2019 to 2020 – the highest volume of PC shipments since 2014 – as individuals and organizations invested in remote-working equipment.
- Digital Services for Digital Denizens: The Journal also reported that U.S.-based startups offering services delivered by Internet landed $15.3 billion in funding during the fourth quarter of last year alone.
In short, workers, executives, manufacturers and financiers are moving toward supporting hybrid workplaces. So, we’re asking readers: Are you and your business moving that way, too?