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What have we lost in replacing the office-first approach with a remote-first one? Two years ago, we might have assumed that a fully remote or even heavily remote hybrid work environment would be a productivity and company culture death knell. A new research report, out today from Guru and Loom, proves otherwise.

The WFH debate is over.

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We found that not only did WFH and hybrid work not have a negative impact on productivity, in many ways, it’s actually improved. If anything, it’s the limitations of existing tech stacks combined with time wasted in video meetings that are holding hybrid work back from being the ideal solution for most people.

Most people prefer hybrid work

Of the 500 people surveyed, 91.6% were satisfied or very satisfied with hybrid or WFH environments, and 47% said the hybrid experience was the most productive.

Surprisingly, a fully remote setup was least popular, with 24% of respondents choosing it as their top choice, losing out to 29% who prefer a fully in-person experience.

Why might this be? It turns out there’s a strong “fear of missing out” without an office culture to be part of. Respondents also reported lower camaraderie with colleagues and having a tougher time collaborating with colleagues when in a fully remote environment.

Comparison of WFH environment with working in the office

How to improve the hybrid work experience

Survey respondents reported that in the 60% of the time they spent working collaboratively, that time was significantly less productive in a remote environment than the time they were able to work fully alone.

In fact, nearly half of respondents said that 40% or more of the time spent in video calls was “unproductive and wasteful.”

So, how can companies improve the collaborative remote experience? Get access to the report for data-backed answers to this and other questions about the larger impact of the ongoing shift to hybrid work.

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