Restrictions associated with COVID-19 have forced organizations to implement work-from-home arrangements. Now, many of them are indicating that their employees will be able to continue working remotely post-pandemic. Some companies have even formally announced plans to adopt a hybrid model in which workers only have to go to the office a few days of the week.

In other words, the challenges of managing remote employees are not going away. 

The Hybrid Work Model Is Here to Stay

The new work trends vary according to the industry. Some sectors such as manufacturing and healthcare require more on-site work. In financial and professional services, employees have more flexibility. 

As a result, many employees won't need to go back to the office after the pandemic. According to global data from LinkedIn on hybrid work, the share of job postings that mention remote work increased from about 6% in May 2020 to almost 14% one year later. 

Lakeside's commissioned research in The Future of Digital Workplaces report reveals a gap in expectations between IT and other teams about the future of the workplace post-pandemic. For example, more than half of the employees surveyed expect to continue working from home in some capacity, while IT staff believes that only one third of the employees will be working remotely. Underestimating the shift in work behavior is concerning because it could lead to an ill-equipped workspace.

Graphic illustration for Lakeside Software's Future of Digital Workplaces report.