Over the last year, millions of Americans ditched their daily commutes as employers shifted to remote models of work to combat the spread of COVID-19. Now, with over 60% of American receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, a return to the physical workplace is finally on the horizon.  

But how exactly do employers plan to reopen their doors without compromising the health and safety of workers?  

Enter the hybrid workplace. According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal, several companies are already implementing models that allow employees to split time between their home and corporate office.  

Expectations for hybrid work vary across companies. For example, at JPMorgan Chase, employees on some teams must report to the office on Mondays and Fridays, with options to schedule work-from-home days during the middle of the week. Meanwhile, Salesforce is taking a more flexible approach by allowing employees to decide when they’d like to come into the office. 

While these new policies offer a light at the end of a long tunnel for many, others fear that hybrid models will overcomplicate the future of work.  

“Having some people work from home while their teammates are in the office runs counter to much of what makes organizations tick,” writes behavioral scientist and author Jon Levy in his piece for The Boston Globe

For companies that do seek to cultivate a hybrid workplace, proper communication and implementation of health protocols will be key to ensuring a safe return. 

Are you eager to get back into the office? Or would you work from home forever if you could? Either way, there’s a perfect job for you. Visit greenkeyllc.com/jobs/ to browse current openings by location and set your preference to ‘on site’ or ‘telecommute’ depending on what works best for you.

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#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Julian Davis

Julian started the IT temporary and consulting division at Green Key in 2021 and has since grown the team to seven people. He reflects on his team’s ability to address trends in the industry, such as automation and electric vehicles, while also focusing on quality relationship-building and trust.