Hybrid work increases productivity in New Zealand
This was according to global Cisco study, which showed that hybrid working has helped to improve employee wellbeing, work-life balance, and performance across the world.
However, more needs to be done to build an inclusive culture and fully embed hybrid work arrangements to boost readiness levels and enhance employee experience.
The study, which surveyed 1,026 New Zealand employees, found that 61.3% of New Zealand employees believe that the quality of their work has improved because of hybrid work. 63.2% felt that their productivity has enhanced and 71.2% also feel their role can now be performed just as successfully remotely as in the office. However, only 26.1% think that their company is ‘very prepared’ for a hybrid work future.
The research examined the impact of hybrid working on five categories of wellbeing – emotional, financial, mental, physical, and social wellbeing – with 77.4% saying hybrid and remote working has improved various aspects of their wellbeing.
Time away from the office has also improved work-life balance for 79.1% of employees. About 63% say more flexible work schedules are a factor in contributing to an improved work-life balance. Meanwhile, only 47.8% of people said that removing commuting times from their day helped with work-life balance.