Technology Record - Issue 28: Spring 2023

32 MARKETWATCH Hybrid work is here to stay, according to a new report, titled Workplace of the Future. The report, by audio and video solution provider EPOS and consumer trends agency Foresight Factory, explores how business leaders can define a hybrid strategy that will be effective in the long term, and considers current and emerging trends set to shape the future of work. It also identifies several key themes that can help business leaders deliver a positive hybrid solution for their workforce. Over half (53 per cent) of employees are now, since the pandemic, more likely to put their well-being first, according to the Microsoft’s 2022 Work Trend Index. As a result, workers expect more from their employers in this area. Over a third (38 per cent) are calling for their employers to support staff by allowing them time off for mental health needs. A further 30 per cent say they want to see businesses dedicating hours for employees to use for mental and physical wellbeing pursuits. Another key theme highlighted in the report is the pursuit of happiness. Employee burnout is a persistent issue and 36 per cent of respondents say they have suffered burnout in the last 12 months from working too hard. Less than half of workers (43 per cent) are happy with their current work-life balance, and almost a third (30 per cent) said they intend to change careers to improve their overall happiness. Despite the popularity of remote working, the report also identified the need for a physical office. Employees want to avoid feeling isolated and want to see businesses offering both physical and virtual opportunities A new report highlights key themes that can help business leaders to deliver positive hybrid working solutions for their workforces Hybrid work is here to stay of employees said they have suffered burnout in the last 12 months from ‘working too hard’ 36% of employees said they have taken a career break due to burnout 53% believe good audio will prevent moments of stress at work 56%