Businesses Move To Better Support Shift To Partial Or Full-Time Remote Work

With the shift to remote work, at least some of the time, becoming commonplace over the past two years, business organizations are putting tools and procedures in place to support these remote or hybrid workers. A survey of 8,329 business leaders and office employees by computing accessories manufacturer Targus found that 85 percent of organizations have either completed or are undergoing this transformation.

The survey also found that more than half (52 percent) of respondents still do not have the ideal workspace setup at home. And while more than half of people (58 percent) prefer hybrid or remote working environments, only 36 percent of workers in North America describe themselves as hybrid or remote workers.

When asked about their biggest workplace priorities, sustainability, embracing new ways of working, and physical and mental well-being were at the top of the list. The study found that more than 76 percent of respondents state that sustainability should be a top priority for businesses, and 74 percent of them value sustainability as a key consideration for choosing their new employer. Also, U.S. decision makers are more likely to believe better tech and accessories increase employee satisfaction (79 percent) and productivity (79 percent), compared to other countries.

“In our entire company’s history, we can’t remember a time more turbulent, nor seen a more rapid adoption of different technologies, and how we have come to rely on them,” says Andrew Corkill, vice president, global marketing and ecommerce at Targus. “Our research underscores the importance for today’s businesses to equip their employees with the right technology tools to improve productivity and well-being, whether they are working at home, in the office or both.”

The survey found that while people are starting to return to the office, many are still working from home, with more than 41 percent of U.S. employees back in the office and nearly 32 percent who are hybrid workers. In the future, 58 percent of people in the U.S. would like to work hybrid or remote, while 37 percent prefer to work only at the office.

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