Mask-on will be no longer mandatory in Singapore from this April, yet will hybrid work stay?

Mask-on will be no longer mandatory in Singapore from this April, yet will hybrid work stay?

Singapore has eased Covide-19 rules, from mask-wearing to gathering rules as the country moves towards a new phase of living with the pandemic. Though being encouraged, you don’t have to wear masks outdoors. Also, you may finally see your folks in the office after a while as 75 percent of work-from-home employees will be allowed to return to their workplaces from this April.

But does this really put an end to hybrid work trends in Singapore?

In fact, in spite of the subsidence of Covid-19, business leaders have recognized that work is no longer bound to traditional notions of time and space when it comes to how, when, and where we work. Here are the trends emphasized in a recent report titled “The Next Great Disruption is Hybrid Work – Are We Ready?” from Microsoft.

Employees want remote work

The data has clearly shown that extreme flexibility and hybrid work will define the post-pandemic workplace. 

  • More than 82 percent of workers in Singapore want flexible remote work options to stay while 62 percent of business leaders are more likely to redesign office space for hybrid work. 
  • When asked to choose between remote working and a bigger bonus, 41 percent of Singapore-based professionals responded that they would rather go for the remote option.

This is explained by the benefits of employees’ experience. After almost two years of working from home, many have seen the benefits of working remotely. They are able to save time and money from commuting, have more quality time with their family, fewer distractions than they usually experience in the office environment, and thus, feel more productive.

Sixty-six percent of business leaders are likely to redesign their offices in the next 6 months while 73 percent of workers want the option to stay remote and 67 percent want more in-person collaboration.
82% of workers in Singapore want flexible remote work options to stay while 62% of business leaders are more likely to redesign office space for hybrid work, The Work Trend Index survey.

Yet some of them are struggling

Hybrid work seems to be a promising option from both company’ and employees’ perspectives. However, we need to be aware that this work style is not for everyone.

Gen Z is struggling more than other generations, The Work Trend Index survey.

The report has shown that 20 percent of survey respondents were more likely to struggle to balance work with life. 54 percent felt overworked. So the question now would be…

Will there be a future for hybrid work in Singapore?

To cope with the fact that the demand for IT professionals is continuing to outstrip supply in Singapore, hybrid work is likely an inevitable call for any tech company’s leader. The good news, however, is that, given the lockdown restrictions ease, companies with the hybrid mode applied, can see a significant improvement in teamwork.

Taking New Zealand and South Korea case as an example, team isolation occurred during the lockdowns. But when Covid-19 rules are eased, we see increased communication with our distant network.

In New Zealand, eased lockdown restrictions improve workplace networks

Hybrid work balances a mix of in-person and remote teams. Now when the country is recovering from the pandemic, business opportunities will be for ones that grab this chance to transform the work style from the traditional one into hybrid.

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