Al Riyadh: Employees in Europe, Middle East and Africa who practice hybrid working models as part of their digitizing workplaces, have experienced better overall wellness in areas such as mental, physical and financial wellbeing, according to the new Cisco Global Hybrid Work Report.
The study polled over 10 thousand employees across the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) countries. Overall, 76 percent said hybrid and remote working has improved all aspects of their wellbeing. In addition, just over 75 percent reported their work-life balance has improved, mainly due to more flexible work schedules. Close to 60 percent said they saved at least four hours per week thanks to reduced commuting times, while 22 percent saved eight or more hours a week.
The findings are part of the Cisco Hybrid Work Report, an extensive study which – among others – examined five key areas of employee wellbeing including financial; physical; mental; social and emotional wellbeing.
Modern life is fast paced leaving many people with little time to spend with family and friends. It is no surprise that 39 percent of those surveyed said they reinvested the extra time with family, friends and pets. 67 percent said hybrid work has improved family relationships, while almost 46 percent said hybrid working has improved relationships with friends.
An often-overlooked benefit of the hybrid workplace is the amount of money that can be saved by avoiding the daily commute to and from the office. This includes savings on fuel costs, as well as the money spent on small items such as buying a coffee or meals, which can quickly add up during a week. Unsurprisingly, 69 percent said they saved money while working remotely, while 84 percent believed these savings can be maintained over the long-term. With so many employees from EMEA experiencing the financial benefits, almost 67 percent of those polled said they would take these savings into account when considering changing jobs.
Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
Emotional health impacts on many areas of our lives and can be improved as a cumulative effect that encompasses other fields such as social wellbeing. As such 53 percent of people questioned said hybrid and remote working has improved their emotional wellbeing. Interestingly, just over 78 percent of responders also said hybrid working made them happier with 55 percent saying remote work has helped them to reduce their stress levels.
This sense of wellbeing also extends to an individual’s physical health with 60 percent of those questioned saying their physical fitness has improved, as they exercise more when working remotely and changed their eating habits.
About hybrid work
Hybrid work as a concept emerged as part of the digital transformation of work and workplaces that accelerated with the pandemic. It aims to center the work experience around the needs of the individual workers, as they collaborate securely across the organization and beyond. Companies that empower their employees with the option of working on or offsite can help foster inclusiveness, engagement and a sense of well-being among staff. For Cisco work is“what you do” not“where you go”. The company has therefore implemented many practices aimed at supporting its own employees to work in a hybrid way. Cisco has extensive experience in developing a wide range of collaboration technologies and strategies to help other organizations to fully realize the potential of hybrid work.
About the Report
Commissioned by Cisco and conducted by Dynata, the research included 28,000 full-time employees from 27 countries, touching every continent other than Antarctica. The study was conducted between January and March 2022.
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