There has been a “notable decrease” in employee confidence about post-pandemic plans, transparency and communication from leadership, reveals a report by workplace analytics provider Humanyze.
Employees also feel decreased confidence in the absence of objective data to inform and tailor effective strategies.
In its research for the Fall 2021 Future of Work Report, the firm surveyed nearly 2,300 managers and employees regarding their outlook, strategies and concerns surrounding the future of work.
Of those polled, 63 per cent of employees said they lack full confidence in their company’s post-pandemic workplace strategy. This is a 16 per cent increase from the spring.
The firm’s research found that organisational success requires employee trust and confidence as much as it requires the right data to support and validate decisions.
Humanyze says that “work-life balance is another area that requires close attention given the notable increase in workday length for employees on average” but the data also shows “encouraging signs that employees are working more flexibly throughout the day and working less during the weekends compared to pre-pandemic”.
The study also reveals that employees and managers desire continued flexibility post-pandemic. Even in hybrid scenarios, both employees and managers want “a thoughtfully coordinated approach that’s consistent and puts them in the office with the same people each time”.
It adds that when it comes to the post-pandemic future of work, "flexible work seems to be the top choice for employees and managers, who see the advantages of working from home while also acknowledging the benefits of working in-person with their colleagues”.
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