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Hybrid work increases productivity, but still presents challenges

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A new report from PwC suggests that leaders have seen better performance in the workplace in the past 12 months, but are concerned about how manageable the workload is.

While many organizations have performed better in terms of productivity during the pandemic, some leaders are concerned about the challenges posed by remote and hybrid work.

That’s according to new global research from PwC, which surveyed more than 4,000 business and human resource leaders from 26 countries and regions.

The Future of Work and Skills survey showed that responding leaders were concerned about building trust, the need for new skills, and unmanageable workloads.

The discussion about hybrid and remote work has raged almost since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, when there was a massive shift towards new ways of working for many companies. Now that workplaces are considering longer-term plans, it seems like hybrid work is here to stay.

In Ireland earlier this year, in the Ibec survey found that 81% of those surveyed expected some kind of hybrid work arrangement after the pandemic.

But according to the PwC survey, less than a third of leaders firmly believe that they are generating high levels of trust among workers and supervisors, even though almost 40% agree that this trust is very important.

Unintended consequences

While 57 percent of PwC respondents said their organization performed better relative to workforce performance and productivity goals over the past 12 months, this productivity increase may be related to the unintended consequence from overwork.

Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they weren’t entirely sure the workload is manageable enough for employees to use their personal time.

This echoes another Aon poll earlier this year which showed burnout as a top concern among employers in Ireland. According to another poll Since the beginning of this year, nearly 60% of people said their mental health had suffered significantly during the pandemic.

While increased productivity could be seen as a positive thing, employers will need to ensure that this is not due to overwork, otherwise the results will not be sustainable.

Change of work strategies

Outside of productivity and work-life balance, remote and hybrid work could also bring other challenges for employers, particularly in regards to workplace strategies, automation, and the need for new skills.

David Keane, Head of People and Organization for PwC Ireland, said the changing expectations of the workforce and competitive talent markets are placing more emphasis on the role of leaders.

“The survey results resonate in Ireland as well, where we see similar trends. PwC’s Irish CEO Survey 2021 revealed that, for eight years in a row, Irish business leaders are more concerned about skills shortages (75%) than their global counterparts. At the same time, only a quarter (25%) of Irish CEOs are prepared to invest significantly in leadership and talent development, ”he said.

“Leaders must act quickly to strengthen their organizations for people’s most pressing challenges and prepare for the future of work. They need to listen to their people and their desire to work flexibly as they respond to employee burnout. This is all essential to retain and motivate employees. “

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