Hybrid workers have fully embraced this concept of choice. Consider these statistics from Pew Research Center: A startling 76% of a sample of almost 6,000 full-time and part-time workers said that personal preference is their major reason for working from home. Contrary to what many were saying in the early days of the pandemic, these workers tell us that improved work-life balance and productivity are benefits of being able to work remotely. Most (72%) say working from home hasn’t affected their ability to advance in their career. At the same time, 60% now feel less connected to their coworkers.
However, now that people’s COVID fears have lessened, Pew statistics indicate that some people are choosing to return to the office, at least some of the time, citing higher productivity as a major reason. Plus, about half of all workers whose companies have closed their office say they would be comfortable going on site when their office reopens.
Looking toward the future, enterprises must adjust to managing a hybrid work environment. Many employees are making working from home a permanent part of their lives, choosing to go into the office only when necessary for personal interactions, productivity benefits, or at the request of their supervisors or teams.
Employee Experience Management
Given the immovable force of workers who are happy to be working off site, IT, Human Resources (HR), and collaborative teams must focus on delivering a user experience that helps further improve productivity, transparently secures endpoint devices, and improves employee retention. While employees now have the ability to choose their workplace, the common denominator is that they all want to be highly productive, in whatever location they work and on the devices that best suit their work style. Enterprises have a great opportunity here to step up their game and exceed their workers’ expectations.
What would it take to deliver an exceptional employee experience? With both user experience and security top of mind, it’s no surprise that a survey of end-user computing (EUC) professionals have named the adoption of virtual-desktop infrastructure (VDI) as a top consideration following the pandemic. The other key requirement the survey identified is their organization’s ability to proactively manage users’ technology experience via DEX (Digital Employee Experience) tools. These solutions work hand-in-hand with VDI and DaaS (Desktop as a Service) platforms to ensure that users have the smoothest experience possible with very few interruptions.