Tag: return to office

Wondering What Workers Want? Research Gives Employers Some Clues

There’s no denying that all the upheaval over the last few years has had an outsized effect on the workforce. Among other things, employees weathered a worldwide health crisis and its resulting economic disruption along with the rise of artificial intelligence, which to many workers seems as scary as it is promising. With so much […]

Workplace Trends Report: Majority of Employees Consider Going to the Office a ‘Waste of Time’

Nearly 60% of employees received some form of return-to-office (RTO) mandate in 2023, with the percentage of fully remote employees dropping to 33% last year (from 44% in 2022). Yet, more than half (54%) of employees surveyed in the Appspace 2024 Workplace Experience Trends & Insights Report agree that going to the office “feels like a waste […]

Supporting Employee Volunteerism

In recent years, workplace volunteering has emerged as a key area of focus in the realm of corporate social responsibility, with an impressive 84% of companies in 2022 offering flexible scheduling or paid time off to support their employees’ volunteer efforts. This trend not only underscores employers’ commitment to making a difference in their communities […]

The Future of Open Floor Plans: Achieving Flexibility Without Employee Backlash

Cubicles and closed-off spaces in workplaces are outdated. Today, many businesses prefer open floor plans over private work zones. While open spaces are great for collaboration, they also have some drawbacks. How can you enhance the flexibility of open floor plans, boost employee well-being, and mitigate the drawbacks? Here are some ideas to consider. The […]

Companies Prioritize Shared Office Space in the Age of Hybrid Work

In 2023, 90% of companies offered some level of hybrid work, according to a new survey from CBRE. The adoption of hybrid work is driving companies to lease less space and redesign their offices to be more effective for employees, with space changes varying by industry. The annual survey reflects workplace and occupancy insights from 66 CBRE […]

HR Perspectives: Top Human Resources Trends for 2024

For Human Resources executives, the new year arrives amid a slew of contradicting trends. Revenue streams are flowing steadily for many businesses, yet their company stock performances have underwhelmed. Despite perceptions of a weakened economy, firms are struggling to fill vacant job openings amid a low unemployment rate. Well-managed remote workplaces increase productivity, but executives […]

How to Create Smarter Workplaces with Shrinking Office Footprints in 2024

Gallup measures employee engagement by surveying samples of the working population on various workplace issues, like profitability, productivity, customer service, and retention, linked to business outcomes. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 32% of U.S. employees overall were engaged in 2022. With the influx of new generations of professionals with different working styles, smart business […]

Hot Desking is Heating Up the Return-to-Office Conversation

With the pandemic in the rearview mirror, the majority (66%) of workers are reporting that they’re back in the office full-time. Organizations are scrambling to find ways to cut costs and optimize their workspaces, but some previously lauded solutions are proving ineffective. One such nullified solution is hot desking. Though once viewed as a paragon […]

Amazon’s RTO Ultimatum: What Does It Mean for Employees and the Future of Remote Work?

In a move that has sent ripples across the corporate world, Amazon recently issued an ultimatum to its employees: Return to the office or face potential termination. Although bold, this decision raises several questions about the future of work, especially in a post-pandemic era in which remote work has become the norm for many. Relocation […]

Measuring What Matters: Why Human Capital Metrics Need to Shift and How to Define What’s Meaningful for 2024

Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic reoriented the workplace, many organizations are still figuring out their hybrid work arrangements. Some demand that workers return to the office, ending a de facto pilot program after years of growing autonomy and flexibility. Others are going all in, making remote and hybrid work a permanent and important part […]