When technologists finally begin returning to the office, they don’t want to do so on a full-time basis. Survey after survey has shown that the majority of technologists would prefer a hybrid work model that requires they venture into the office only a few days a week.
But what does an ideal hybrid model look like? Blind, which anonymously surveys technologists about a variety of issues, recently posed that question to its audience. Some 43 percent of them wanted to work from home three days per week, with two days in the office. That’s higher than the 20 percent two wanted to work from home two days per week, as well as the 13 percent who wanted four days per week.
Here’s Blind’s breakdown of the results for some of the nation’s largest tech firms:
A number of the companies listed here have already announced their plans for a hybridized work model, including Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce. Moreover, companies such as Salesforce seem intent on giving their employees multiple options—full-time remote and full-time office work are also available.
One other thing to note: Overall, some 23 percent of professionals wanted to work from home full time, while just 5 percent wanted to head into the office every day of the week. Whatever companies decide to do with regard to their technologists’ schedules, it’s clear that requiring them to come back to the office full-time will prove enormously unpopular.
Fortunately, there’s plenty of evidence suggesting that hybrid work can provide benefits to both individuals and teams, provided that everyone follows some clear rules regarding workloads, communication, and schedules.