Realize the promise of hybrid work

Hybrid work is an approach that designs the work experience around and for the worker, where they are, empowering people to work from home, in the office, or anywhere. Hybrid work is a natural evolution of remote work and represents a major transformation of work culture. Hybrid work enables today’s organizations to accentuate the strengths of their workforce and align to their preferred working styles, resulting in happier and more productive employees. This paper examines how the convergence of people, technologies, and places are powering hybrid work and the steps you can take to make hybrid work work for you.

The future of even more hybrid work

While the practical implementation of hybrid work policies may vary from organization to organization and industry to industry, most workers would agree on keeping flexibility as a policy going forward. This is illustrated by Cisco research that revealed that just 9% of employees want to ever go back to the office on a fulltime basis. The implication is clear: hybrid work is here to stay, and organizations must evolve their traditional modes of operations to survive and thrive in this new era of work.

When offices fully reopen, how many days a month would you prefer to be in the office?

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The hybrid work advantage

The good news for businesses is that many leaders have heard and are at least planning to heed the hybrid work clarion call. Research shows that 9 out of 10 executives expect 38% hybrid work to be the de facto model for their companies going forward.

Have you returned to the office or plan to return to the office at least a few days each month?
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A clear vision forward

The mandate for action toward a more hybrid work future is clear, and many companies and their leaders have acknowledged that. What is less clear for these companies is the required vision, alignment, and expertise to move forward.

What changes need to be made for more effective collaboration between in-office and remote workers?
Features that remove distractions
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What’s next in hybrid work

Resources to help you advance further and faster in your hybrid work evolution

There are several useful resources available for businesses interested in developing and implementing their own hybrid work strategy.

Cisco has a simple hybrid work readiness tool that provides an assessment on where a business stands toward hybrid work viability compared to peers. The assessment tool will also generate a detailed guidance on topics such as:

  • How to optimize remote work
  • How to secure and manage a hybrid work infrastructure
  • How to create an inclusive and supportive work culture
  • How to get employees back to the office safely

Cisco’s Global Hybrid Work Index has identified emerging work trends, while showing how organizations can unleash creativity and innovation, and improve the wellbeing of their workers.

Do you ever wonder how successful companies are transitioning to new ways of working and how your organization stacks up against industry leaders? In June 2022, Cisco will introduce the Hybrid Work Maturity Model to assist organizations in assessing where they are in their hybrid work journeys, and what they need to do to achieve their goals. The model will be built on survey results from organizations of all sizes and a range of industries from around the globe. It will examine the spectrum of hybrid work maturity across stages, starting with organizations that have not yet started their journeys, to those who have begun to implement and learn, to those who have truly embraced a hybrid work model and through their leadership are pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved.

Turn hybrid work challenges into opportunities for innovation

The shift to hybrid work marks a truly unique time for organizations around the world who can redefine all aspects of work to build more flexible, inclusive, supportive, managed, and secure work environments. This generational trend is powered by the convergence of people, technology, and places and is permanently reshaping the expectations of both employers and employees.

While the shift to hybrid work presents several challenges, organizations who take meaningful action now have the opportunity to drive inclusivity, improve productivity, and enable interactivity at unprecedented levels. This will result in happier employees who are more productive, which can create stronger organizations that lead the pack in this next era of work.

Learn how hybrid work can drive efficiency, resiliency, and growth Make hybrid work, work for people, technology, and places