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Organisations that fail to execute hybrid working well could end up asking for all employees to return to the office because they feel the new modes of working are ‘too hard to pull off’, according to analysts at Gartner.
Unveiling its research on hybrid working strategies in the UK, it claimed that too many organisations resorted to “virtualising what they did in the office” when pandemic restrictions hit last year.
This has led to 42% of employees feeling drained from working remotely, according to its research. Women were 39% more likely to feel emotionally drained from this mode of working than men, it found.
“The pandemic has been a chance for organisations to rethink how we work but the majority are not – and this is driving fatigue,” said Alexia Cambon, research director for Gartner.
“[Virtualising the office] made it possible for employees to stay productive, but it also had a significant impact on their health. Putting lots of virtual meetings in the calendar increases the likelihood employees will be emotionally drained, for example.”
Gartner’s research also found that employees who knew they were being tracked by their employers were more likely to display presenteeism behaviour, with 62% saying there had been an increase in the length of their working day since operating remotely.
Only around half (46%) of employees who work remotely said their manager took their views into account when making decisions.
Cambon said organisations were now at an “inflection point” where they could rethink the way work gets done, moving away from an office-centric approach to a more human-centric one. “The future success of organisations hinges on redesigning these structures. If today is day one, how