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Hybrid working will not be an automatic success

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Hybrid working has the potential to transform the lives of office workers. Whether this transformation will be for the better, or worse, depends on business owners and how they tackle the various challenges ahead.

These are the conclusions of a new report report published by GitLab and Qatalog, based on a poll of 3,900 workers, which claims that remote and hybrid working are here to stay.

More than two in five (42 percent) have already moved to a hybrid model, and a third said that they would quit their job if remote working were no longer an option.

But hybrid working has its drawbacks; notification overload and Zoom fatigue seem to be a real threat to productivity, and using multiple tools and apps to get through the day leaves employees baffled.

Three in five said tool overload caused information silos, while almost half (48 percent) regularly waste time searching through different apps for the information and documents they need. 

Furthermore, only a third believe their organization does a good job of aligning work across projects in the remote environment.

All this considered, businesses are at a crossroads. According to Tariq Rauf, Qatalog CEO, whether companies facilitate the growth of hybrid working or push employees to the brink of burnout is up to them

“If businesses put no thought into it, hybrid working will simply turn the cracks of remote work into seismic fissures. Working from home, we all became accustomed to Zoom fatigue, after-hours notifications and information overload. If that culture is allowed back into the office - even for just a few days a week - businesses will effectively be sleepwalking into a burnout crisis," he said.

“Hybrid work offers companies a rare opportunity to reset standards. Now is the time to seize it - and that means paying close attention to the details.”