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10 Important Hybrid Work Statistics to Know in 2024

Andres Avalos
June 27th, 2024

As we venture into 2024 and beyond, hybrid work continues to be the norm for businesses across the globe. What once was a question of “Should I adopt a hybrid work model?” is now a question of “What’s the best way to implement my hybrid work model?” Finding hybrid harmony in your workplace is a never-ending battle that requires adaptability and resilience.

The landscape has changed for good since the pandemic, and businesses that aren’t keeping up with ever-changing hybrid work trends can easily be left behind. Employee expectations and desired work settings are evolving rapidly, so you must monitor these changes and act proactively to ensure your business remains relevant in the long term.

This article will primarily draw from Scoop’s Flex Index, a quarterly report that digs into the flexible work patterns of more than 9,000 companies across America. We’ll identify ten impactful hybrid work statistics throughout the blog, equipping you with the information you need to ensure a sustainable and welcoming hybrid work environment for 2024 and beyond.

The human-centric hybrid office: 2024 workplace trends

Learn about the increasing importance of designing workplaces that prioritize employee well-being and flexibility in the evolving landscape of work.

Defining Hybrid Work

Hybrid work arrangements combine elements of traditional in-office work with the convenience and freedom of remote work. A hybrid office has a blend of remote and on-site workers, some of whom will trade roles on certain days of the week. The blend between in-office and remote employees offers the best of both worlds—the collaboration of a traditional office environment with the work-life balance of remote work.

The idea is that a hybrid work setting allows individuals to choose where and when they work best, breaking down the walls and restrictions of a traditional work environment. This leads to increased productivity, job satisfaction, and a better work-life balance.

Being a Flexible Company: What Does it Mean?

According to the quarterly Flex Index by Scoop, flexible work arrangements can be divided into three main categories: fully flexible, structured hybrid, and full-time in-office.

  • Fully Flexible: These are work environments where employees have complete control over whether to come into an office or work remotely. Fully flexible businesses typically follow one of two models: fully remote or employee’s choice.
  • Structured Hybrid: This model blends the perks of remote work with mandatory in-office days, where employees are expected to be in the office on certain days of the week. Employees can set these in-office mandates in a few different ways:
    • Set a minimum number of days an employee must work in the office.
    • Set specific days of the week that employees must work in the office.
    • Set a minimum percentage of time an employee needs to be in the office.
  • Full-Time in Office: This speaks for itself. Companies that are full-time in office do not allow their employees to work anywhere other than the office.

The structured hybrid model has continued to gain prominence in the early phases of 2024, with roughly 37% of US companies now working off a structured hybrid model. This number is up from 20% when the Flex Index began in 2023.

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Flexible Schedules Becoming Commonplace

The trend of firms moving toward a more flexible work environment has not slowed down in 2024. Per the Scoop Flex Index, 69% of all companies in the United States, on an industry-weighted basis, offer some form of work location flexibility for their employees. This is jarring when you consider this number was at 51%—almost a dead-even split—just five quarters ago (January 2023). Now, more than two-thirds of all businesses in America are allowing their staff to find their own balance between commuting to work and working from home.

The concept of a full-time in-office employee is slowly being phased out by these new norms. Employees across all industries are being given more remote work options as thought leaders and executives realize the impact it can have on company culture, employee engagement, and overall employee well-being.

This is reflected in how companies craft their job postings, too. In Robert Half’s Demand for Skilled Talent report, they discovered that new, fully in-office job postings had declined by 14% in 2023 from Q1 to Q4. They also found that the number of hybrid roles available on job boards in 2024 is double what they observed in 2023.

What this means

The increasing prevalence of flexible work arrangements means that companies that don’t offer flexibility risk falling behind in talent acquisition and retention. To attract and retain top employees, it’s no longer important to consider offering hybrid or remote work options; it’s essential. The modern-day employee has no issue packing up and looking for a new job.

The Rise of the Structured Hybrid Model

The structured hybrid model, which combines in-office and remote work with set requirements, has emerged as a popular choice for businesses seeking to balance flexibility with collaboration. Earlier in this piece, we learned that 37% of companies have adopted a structured hybrid model. Of those companies, 71% opt for a minimum days per week format, where employees are required to be in the office for a specific number of days each week.

This structure allows remote workers to decide which days of the week they’d like to come into the office, granting them the autonomy to create their own personalized hybrid schedule. This can have lasting effects on employee productivity, wellness, and loyalty.

For companies that have adopted a structured hybrid approach, the average requirement for days in office is about 2.49. In other words, employees under the structured hybrid model spend about half their time in the office and the other half working from home.

What this means

If you’re interested in implementing a structured hybrid model, the “minimum days per week” format is viewed as a practical and well-established approach. This format grants employees the freedom to work from their home office while reaping the benefits of in-person collaboration. Of course, this is not the only approach you have at your disposal; you should always enact plans that make the most sense for your unique situation.

The Decline of the Full-Time Office Worker

As previously mentioned, the traditional full-time office model is losing ground. Just 31% of companies now require corporate employees to be in the office full-time, down from 35% in the first quarter of 2024. This shift reflects the growing recognition of the benefits of hybrid and remote work arrangements for employees and employers.

What this means

It may be time to reconsider if your company still adheres to a full-time in-office policy. Employees increasingly value the flexibility and autonomy hybrid and remote work arrangements offer. Returning them to the office full-time could lead to dissatisfaction, decreased morale, and even turnover.

Moreover, maintaining a full-time office comes with significant costs, including rent, utilities, and maintenance. If employees are reluctant to go to the office, these costs can drain resources without a corresponding return on investment. Embracing flexible work arrangements can lead to substantial cost savings on real estate, which can be redirected towards other areas of the business.

Hybrid Workspaces and Technology

The technology industry has been at the forefront of hybrid work policies over the past several quarters. As of Q2 in 2024, 97% of tech companies offer work location flexibility for their employees. Part of this high rate of flexibility may be due to the nature of tech work, which lends itself well to remote collaboration tools and communication. Still, this number is staggering, and we’re seeing other industries begin to follow suit—like the insurance industry, now America’s second-most flexible industry.

No matter your industry, having the right technology in place is essential to facilitating an effective hybrid workspace. In a study by Gallup in 2022, they found that about a quarter of their hybrid work respondents had trouble maintaining relationships with colleagues and fully functioning across silos. Collaboration tools are pivotal to ensuring smooth and reliable communication between remote and in-office workers.

What this means

Outside industries will continue to follow the game plan established by tech industry leaders by supporting hybrid workers and providing the necessary tools to achieve seamless collaboration. Having the proper technology in your hybrid office is paramount if you want to prevent lapses in communication between remote and in-office workers.

Companies are still struggling to mesh their on-site and remote teams effectively. Space optimization and desk-booking software, like those offered by OfficeSpace, can greatly assist organizational leaders trying to implement a hybrid work model. These tools allow hybrid employees to maximize their workflow, choose where they want to complete work, and collaborate effectively—even in a remote work environment.

American Worker Statistics by Region

The adoption of flexible work arrangements varies across different regions of the US. The Western US is leading the flexible work movement, while the South still has the highest percentage of full-time in-office workers at 22%. This regional variation may be influenced by factors like industry mix, cost of living, and cultural attitudes towards work. The percentage of U.S. workers who work full-time in the office is further broken down below:

  • US West: 44% fully flexible / 17% full-time in-office
  • US East: 39% fully flexible / 15% full-time in-office
  • US North: 36% fully flexible / 19% full-time in-office
  • US South: 34% fully flexible / 22% full-time in-office

What this means

When developing your hybrid work policy, consider the regional context in which your business operates. Employee expectations and preferences may vary depending on where they live and other external demographics.

Company Size Matters

An interesting piece from the Flex Index was the correlation between company size and the type of flexible work model adopted. Smaller companies with less than 500 employees are more likely to be fully flexible (73%), while larger companies with over 25,000 employees are more likely to adopt a structured hybrid model (67%). This difference may reflect the varying needs and resources of companies at different stages of growth.

What this means

The size and structure of your company can influence the type of hybrid work model that is most suitable. Smaller companies may have more flexibility to offer fully flexible arrangements, while larger companies may need a more structured approach to manage a larger workforce.

The State of Remote Work: Trends to Know

You can’t build a successful hybrid work model without supporting remote work, and the data we provided throughout this blog suggests that companies in the US are beginning to realize this. Most business leaders in 2024 recognize that allowing their employees to work outside the office improves their organizational output rather than stunts it.

More importantly, remote jobs help employees combat burnout by allowing them to eliminate their commute time and work in the comfort of their own space. This goes a long way toward gaining trust and loyalty with the business. Requiring an employee to only be in the office part of the time shows them you care about their personal life and don’t just view them as a staff member.

To better understand remote work trends in 2024, we’ve aggregated a few intriguing statistics from other reputable sources.

Relevant Remote Work Statistics

  • 42% of office workers would take a 10% pay cut to have the flexibility to work remotely. (USA Today)
  • In a study by Upwork, one-third of hiring managers reported that productivity had increased due to their remote work model.
  • Nearly two-thirds of employees say that remote work is the most important aspect of a job, ranking even higher than salary, a flexible schedule, and having a good work-life balance (US Career Insitute).

What this means

These statistics underscore the growing sentiment that employees everywhere want to work from home. Companies must put substantial effort into building their remote work plans to remain competitive in this evolving landscape. This includes setting the right expectations, providing the necessary technology, and listening to feedback from your team.

The fact that many employees are willing to accept lower salaries for remote work flexibility should raise eyebrows. Shrewd business leaders realize this can be a significant cost-saving opportunity for their company, allowing them to potentially reduce their payroll expenses while still maintaining a committed and productive workforce.

The Future of Work is Flexible

As we’ve seen through the lens of Scoop’s Flex Index and a few other sources, hybrid work is not just a trend; it’s a fundamental shift in the way we work. The statistics are clear: flexibility is becoming the norm, the traditional office is evolving, and employees are seeking greater autonomy and work-life balance. To thrive in this new era, businesses must adapt and embrace the hybrid model.

This remains true whether you’re a small business trying to build up your brand, or an established corporation with global-wide recognition. Flexible work arrangements will go a long way toward bringing on and retaining new talent, boosting productivity, and creating a lasting partnership with your employees.

To ensure your transition to a hybrid work environment is smooth and successful, consider bringing in tools from OfficeSpace Software. Our platform provides the tools and resources you need to manage hybrid teams, optimize office space utilization, and create a seamless work experience for everyone. Visit our website to learn more about how OfficeSpace can help you embrace the hybrid revolution and unlock the full potential of your workforce.

The future of work is flexible; it’s time to embrace it!