Most employees prefer a hybrid setup or a mix of office and work-from-home arrangements, a survey of human resource professionals showed, as companies increasingly call their workers back to the office.
Some 65% of HR professionals in the Philippines said their employees prefer hybrid work, noting that work setups can be a deciding factor for jobseekers and employees according to the 2022 State of HR Report by Sprout Solutions.
"HR leaders and professionals recognize that employees prefer a hybrid work setup and that offering this flexibility can be a key deciding factor for employees and job seekers. HR teams understand their vital role in making this new environment work for everyone," the report read.
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Hybrid work became more prominent after two years of strict lockdowns as companies tried to strike a balance between return-to-office orders and work-from-home setups in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rising prices of fuel and commodities have also contributed to calls for greater flexibility in work setups with the government even considering four-day workweeks as early as March 2022.
The report, which surveyed some 200 HR professionals across different industries in the Philippines, also showed that the hybrid work setup has the greatest impact on employee engagement at 76%, recruitment at 45%, and learning and development at 44%.
Such a setup however has the least impact on payroll, compensation and benefits, and timekeeping according to the report.
"Just as important to leaders, however, is the need to provide more tangible benefits and services to employees, with health resources addressing their well-being and company-wide allowances addressing the new needs and challenges that come with the hybrid work setup," the report read.