A new report says that returning to the old ways of doing things is not an option for companies serious about competing for the best talent. SA respondents who participate in hybrid working models reported having a positive effect on all areas of employee well-being. Hybrid work has improved employee performance, work-life balance, well-being and company culture.Image source: Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels
For South Africans, participating in hybrid work can lead to better mental, physical, and financial well-being. This is according to the latest Cisco Global Hybrid Work Report, a study looking at the impact of hybrid working around the world.
The report, which included a survey of 28,000 full-time employees in 27 countries, reveals that for most people, work performance improved along with employees’ relationships and even personal confidence.
- According to South African employees surveyed, 86% felt hybrid and remote working had improved all aspects of their well-being, which was above the worldwide average of 78%.
- Just over 60% also reported that this type of work had saved them at least four hours per week, while 27% said working from home had saved them eight or more hours per week.
- India (53.3%), South Africa (47.9%) and Vietnam (44.3%) had the largest numbers of respondents who had seen ‘significant improvements in well-being. At the other end of the scale were Indonesia (14.8%) and Korea (16%).
- The countries with employees most in favour of fully remote work were the Philippines (37.7%); Canada (34.8%), and South Africa (33.5%), while the Netherlands (9.5%); UAE (9.7%) and Mainland China (10.1%) were least in favour of this work model.
“While initially, many employees were challenged by the sudden shift to hybrid and remote working arrangements, our study shows that two years on, as businesses have pivoted to survive, hybrid work has yielded many positive and lasting benefits for both employers and employees. In fact, this mode of working has become the norm and is set to stay,” the report reads.
Survey respondents worked across a wide range of industries, including agriculture; consumer goods; construction and engineering; education; financial services; government and public service; healthcare; IT; technology & telecommunications; media and communications; NGOs, and tourism and hospitality.