Americans Choose Hybrid Over Remote Work

By: Anneken Tappe · April 10, 2024 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

Long gone are the lockdown days of the pandemic that necessitated full remote work for millions of Americans. But that period undoubtedly rewrote the playbook for how and where we work.

Years on, working fully remotely is increasingly less attractive to workers, who prefer to go into the office sometimes, while having the flexibility to work from home as well.

Preference Pivot

In a recent survey by research and business intelligence company Morning Consult, nearly a third of employees (29%) said they prefer a hybrid work schedule. Meanwhile, only 23% preferred fully remote work. While the percentages remain close, it’s a big shift from last year, when 27% of survey respondents preferred remote work, and 25% picked hybrid schedules as their ideal state.

The number of people actually working remotely has also declined, falling to 21% of respondents in 2024, down from 23% in 2023, and 27% in 2022. Companies’ return to work mandates, and employees’ preferences to see their co-workers every now and again, may be at work here.

Takeaways for Employers

But there were more takeaways for companies: Engagement fell for fully in-person workers, as well as for fully remote workers in 2024, per Morning Consult. However, it increased for hybrid workers. The lesson for companies seems clear. Workers want a healthy medium. For employees, it offers some of the flexibility of remote work, without losing the perks of office work, such as easier communication and socialization.

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