Hybrid workplace

Top 13 Companies with Hybrid and Remote Work Models in 2024

Maya Ketter
July 5th, 2024

The corporate shift toward remote and hybrid work arrangements is almost entirely upon us. It wasn’t that long ago when employees would be hard-pressed to find an employer that offered a flexible work schedule. If you were lucky, you’d get the option to work from home one day per week, sometimes per month. We are seeing the complete opposite in 2024. Now, if you’re a business owner who still operates on the traditional 9-5 in-office schedule, you’re in the minority. According to the Scoop Flex Report, more than two-thirds of US companies will offer work location flexibility for their corporate employees by the end of this year.

The future of work is flexible, and we’re seeing this play out in real time within some of the biggest corporations in the world. In this article, we’ll identify 13 companies (in no order) that are setting the standard for work-life balance, explain each of their unique workplace arrangements, and identify growing trends in the hybrid work landscape as a whole.

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Amazon

Hybrid work model: Structured hybrid, three days in-office

In a 2023 letter from CEO Andy Jassy, Amazon announced they’d begin their return-to-office efforts on May 1st of that year, which caused some stir among those who worked from home full-time. Still, this mandate only applies to three days of the week, and employees are free to work from anywhere the other two days of the week.

Amazon’s policy change clearly showed the value they place on face-to-face collaboration. According to Jassy, “Teams tend to be better connected to one another when they see each other in person more frequently.”

While flexible work models are still firmly in the conversation in 2024, as evidenced by Amazon’s structured hybrid approach, there’s a growing desire for business owners to regain the meaningful employee interactions that were lost with the fully remote model.

Man working remotely

Google

Hybrid work model: Structured hybrid, three days in-office

Google is no stranger to unique work setups. They are another company that recently shifted from full-time work from home and mandated a company-wide hybrid work policy, touching on the idea that in-person collaboration fosters better connections and productivity. They have some pretty cool benefits that come along with this policy, including:

  • Four “work from anywhere” weeks per year. Employees are free to work anywhere in the world for four weeks of their choosing
  • Reset days. Built-in off days to allow for employees to recharge
  • Focus time. Focus hours are offered, which enable employees to be heads down on projects without having to worry about being pulled into meetings

Google has also adopted employee monitoring technology like badge-swiping in order to keep track of employee attendance, a growing trend in hybrid workplaces.

Airbnb

Hybrid work model: Full autonomy with regular in-person gatherings

Airbnb is at the forefront of the fully autonomous model, allowing its employees to decide whether to work in the team office or at home. CEO Brian Chesky identifies trust as the main element that makes a flexible work model thrive but recognizes that a fully remote team can cause feelings of isolation and loneliness, so Airbnb regularly schedules team gatherings, off-sites, and social events.

Not only can employees choose to work at home or in-office – they can choose to work anywhere in the world. The best part? Compensation doesn’t change no matter where you decide to move to.

JPMorgan

Hybrid work model: Managing directors work full-time in-office, rest of staff works three days a week

We’ve previously discussed JPMorgan’s office of the future and the importance of building a human-centric office in 2024, but it’s worth revisiting. In an era when the majority of the workforce wants to work remotely, you’d better be able to give them a good reason to come into the office. JPMorgan requires managing directors to be in the office full-time and the rest of the staff to be there three days a week, which is likely why they’ve put such an emphasis on building a remarkable headquarters.

Zoom

Hybrid work model: Structured hybrid, employees within 50 miles of an office must report twice a week

Surely Zoom wouldn’t make any of their employees come into the office, right? The company that single-handedly kept remote teams together during the pandemic with their virtual web conferencing platform? One would assume they would be at the forefront of embracing the home office revolution.

Well, this is only sort of true. Even Zoom has adopted a structured hybrid approach where all employees living within 50 miles of an office must report to the office at least part of the time. All in all, this is a very balanced work structure that still allows most of the staff to work from home full-time, as many of Zoom’s employees live outside that radius.

Grammarly

Hybrid work model: Remote-first hybrid model

Grammarly’s “remote-first hybrid model” assumes every company employee works from home, even if not everyone does. This means internal communication, project processes, onboarding, collaboration, and stakeholder meetings are all created and developed using the hybrid worker’s perspective.

As a part of this change in work policy, Grammarly also redesigned its corporate real estate to act more as collaboration “hubs” rather than offices. Now, employees who come into the office can have a stress-free environment to gather, connect, and share ideas. They organize regular team meet-ups, typically lasting 2-4 weeks per quarter.

Adobe

Hybrid work model: Customizable hybrid, requiring employees to work 50% of the year in the office.

In a 2021 blog post, Adobe Chief People Officer Gloria Chen announced the company’s move toward a hybrid future. She recognizes the importance of in-person interactions but touches on the idea that remote work arrangements simply work better for some individuals, which is why everyone should have the option. Adobe is still a flexible company in 2024, allowing its employees to decide which days they want to work in the office as it makes sense for them.

Atlassian

Hybrid work model: Flexible, location-agnostic, “Team Anywhere” model

Atlassian has moved beyond traditional hybrid models to embrace a “Team Anywhere” approach. This model allows employees to choose where they work, whether from home, an office, or a co-working space. There are no mandated in-office days, and employees have the flexibility to work from different locations throughout the year.

Atlassian provides the tools and resources to facilitate seamless communication and collaboration, which is essential for effective teamwork in a remote work environment. The company also emphasizes building a strong culture of trust and autonomy, allowing employees to control their schedules and work arrangements.

Zapier

Hybrid work model: Fully remote with mobility support

Since its inception, Zapier has operated as a fully remote organization. Just hover over to their careers page, and you’ll see “Join us from anywhere. We’re on a mission to make automation work for everyone.” They prioritize building trust and empowering employees to manage their own schedules and work arrangements, resulting in a highly engaged and productive workforce.

In 2023, Zapier announced its global mobility policy, which was a company-wide effort to make remote work as compliant and productive as possible. Despite already being a fully remote company, Zapier wanted to take it a step further. This policy assured its employees that if they wanted to relocate or work in another time zone, the company would be there to support that.

Meta (Facebook)

Hybrid work model: Evolving hybrid model with a focus on flexibility and personalization

Like some of the other tech giants we’ve covered in this article, Meta has embraced a structured hybrid approach to its work policies, requiring its workers to be in the office three days a week. This is the latest development in an otherwise experimental past few years, during which Meta also tested out a fully remote work model and a 50% on-site model.

The reasoning for the latest part-time in-office mandate echoes what other big corporations have said about their return-to-work efforts: in-person interactions foster better collaboration and team dynamics, especially for those early in their careers.

Microsoft

Hybrid work model: Flexible approach that leaves the power in the hands of individual managers and teams.

Microsoft has done a great job of being transparent with their current and prospective employees about their hybrid work model. They believe the hybrid workplace is a mix of these three things:

  • Work site: The physical place where you work. Microsoft offers opportunities to work 50% from and 100% from home, depending on the role’s expectations.
  • Work location: The geographic location of your work. Certain jobs offered by Microsoft can be worked from multiple different locations.
  • Work hours: The hours and days when you work. Microsoft believes everyone should work hours that make the most sense for them.

Microsoft recognizes that personal life can interfere with work, which is why it takes a very flexible approach to the three elements listed above.

HubSpot

Hybrid work model: “Hybrid First”

HubSpot is driven to create a hybrid work environment that makes work-life harmony a reality. To show their commitment to facilitating autonomy and trust, they offer their employees three different work options they are able to choose from once per calendar year:

  • @home: Employees spend the majority of their time at home, only being required to visit a HubSpot office 1-2 times per quarter. The company helps set up and support these employees year-round.
  • @office: For employees who want to come into the office three or more days per week. They receive a dedicated desk and get to personalize their space, but won’t receive at-home desk assistance.
  • @flex: These employees come into the office two or fewer times per week. By electing for an @flex work style, you’ll be assigned a “hotel desk” on the days you come into the office and won’t have a permanent setup. HubSpot does, however, help you set up your home office.

Disney

Hybrid work model: 4-day-work-week, Monday-Thursday

In a 2023 employee memo, Disney CEO Bob Iger told the company that four-day work weeks would be the new standard. As you’d expect, this was met with mixed reactions. While this four-day in-office requirement may come off as harsh, Iger claims it’s for the betterment of the organization. He was quoted as saying, “Nothing can replace the ability to connect, observe, and create with peers that comes from being physically together…”

Still, the company clearly recognizes the perks of an at least somewhat hybrid schedule by continuing to allow employees to work remotely on Fridays.

Data-Driven Insights for a Tailored Hybrid Strategy

As evidenced by some of the world’s largest, most reputable companies, hybrid work strategies can be highly effective, but they don’t just happen overnight.

While each of these companies has found a hybrid work model that suits its unique culture and workforce, one common thread ties them all together: data-driven decision-making. Successful hybrid strategies aren’t simply pulled out of thin air; they are carefully crafted based on insights gleaned from employee preferences, space utilization data, and operational efficiency metrics.

More and more teams are leveraging workplace technology, like that offered by OfficeSpace, to help them make informed decisions about their company policies and office designs. By collecting and analyzing data related to room bookings, desk utilization, employee badge data, and other trackable metrics, OfficeSpace gives organizational leaders a wide-angle view of every important aspect of the office. Leaders can then use that information to help inform how to create their flexible schedules and best support their employees.

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