We planned our survey about the state of in-person/hybrid/remote work based on feedback we received from clients. While new articles are coming out every week trying to anticipate what trends we’ll see in 2024, nothing brings home the stakes like the recent Kyte Baby controversy.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, remote work has been a hot topic. We’ve all seen article after article in the years since about whether it’ll stick around or we’ll be shifting back to in-person as soon as we safely could. In 2024, we’re still talking about the great, and for some still expected, “return to office.”
Remote work on such a large scale is still a relatively new concept. Researchers are still studying and discovering new evidence for and against remote work. We asked our community about where they work, what their company policy is, how flexible their work schedule is, and if they’re happy with where they work.
Surprisingly, nearly 40% of our survey respondents reported working fully remote. Nearly 16% only go in occasionally, and 38% claimed some variation of a hybrid weekly work schedule. A mere 7% are currently in a full-time work environment.
While we were curious about if there was a large instance of official company policy saying one thing and employees doing another entirely, we thought the most interesting thing was which policies people were more likely to follow. As expected, those who are fully remote or go in occasionally generally follow their company’s policy. Once people start going into the office, those working two or three days in the office per week are most likely to follow company policy followed by those working full time in the office.
One of the much lauded pros of remote work is the flexibility that it offers. An important aspect of happiness about current working conditions revolves around how flexible our time in the office is. The groups who described having the most flexibility in their in-office working hours were those going in occasionally and those going in two days a week.
Finally, we saw that most of our respondents reported being happy with their current work schedule. Overwhelmingly, people are happy with the amount of time they do or don’t spend in the office. Those working remote jobs tended to be the most likely to say they were happy with the number of days they went into the office. People working in the office 2 or 3 days a week were most likely to say they’d like to work in the office more often, but that same group also contained a larger percentage of people who would prefer to be in the office less often. In order, the groups with the highest level of satisfaction with their current office time were those going in occasionally, those not going in, and those in the office full time.
Stay tuned! We’ve got part two planned and on the way. If you’re subscribed to our email list, you’ll see the link to the new survey in your inbox. If you’re not, make sure to keep an eye on our LinkedIn where we’ve been posting our surveys and the results.
Elizabeth Houde is a Project Manager at Chaloner. After graduating from Guilford College where they majored in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and minored in communications, Elizabeth started their career in New York City in publishing as an editorial coordinator.