Flexibility is the Future of Team Management. Are Your Managers Ready For It?

As we all are very aware, everything has changed in the last year and a half. This, of course, includes our approach to remote work.

Prior to the pandemic, few companies embraced the idea of remote work, even though the technology that enables it has been available for a long time. The old command and control approach to work meant that bosses didn’t believe their people were working unless they could see bums in seats (which really doesn’t ensure anything). But now we’ve had a collective change of heart and the business world has realized that work can get done, and rather well at that, at a distance.

It used to be the biggest struggles around remote work were communication and collaboration difficulties. Loneliness took a top spot as well. In 2021 though, we now see a new challenge taking over the top spot: not being able to unplug (27% of workers surveyed). (Source: The 2021 State of Remote Work, Buffer)

Does this mean, then, that workers would rather go back to the office and not be lonely anymore? Nope.

According to a recent survey of 3,000 workers, 64% of respondents said they would choose a permanent work from home option over a $30,000 per year raise! If that isn’t a clear indicator of how much people like to work from home, I don’t know what is. Some companies report even higher numbers: 71% of Airbnb, 81% of Lyft and 89% of Twitter professionals, for instance, prefer permanent work from home over a compensation increase. And, amazingly, 100% of Zillow Group professionals say they would prefer permanent work from home to a raise. Wow!—I’ve been talking about embracing work from home for years now, and even I’m surprised at that.