Ghost offices: why hybrid working hasn’t lived up to the hype

As restrictions lifted and offices began to reopen last year, hybrid arrangements were heralded as the future of work. The ability to divide your time between remote and office working would give employees greater freedom, flexibility and the all-important work-life balance, and after more than a year stuck at home, they could finally swap Zoom calls for in-person meetings, catch up with colleagues and restore some semblance of a boundary between work and home. In practice, however, hybrid models haven’t quite lived up to that promise.

We’re in a phase where the way in which we work has probably changed more in the last two years than it has in the previous two decades,” says Deirdre O’Shea, associate professor in work and organisational psychology at the University of Limerick (UL). “It’s important to acknowledge that the office we’re going back to is not the office we left. When we were sitting at home, looking at people through a screen and not having a chat in the corridor made us lonely, and that created this expectation that when we go back into the office, it will all be fine. That can’t fully be realised if not everybody is going back into the office.” Ghost offices: why hybrid working hasn’t lived up to the hype

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