Since remote work is still emerging, Johnny explained that there isn’t enough data to provide a definitive answer. But certain trends exist.
First, women and people of color have shared that they prefer to work from home to avoid microaggressions. People also want to have a reason to come into the office. In other words, hybrid work needs to provide value to your employees. Finally, there’s the cost factor. In times of rising inflation and fuel costs, asking employees to commute to the office can be an unnecessary, and unwelcome, expense.
Yet despite these drivers, Johnny advised companies to avoid committing to “full-out remote work,” especially when it comes to recent college graduates. In a recent study, SHRM found that new college graduates value the ability to form relationships through work. It’s where they build their network and foster key connections.
They aren’t just asking for remote work—they’re asking for flexibility. Diversity, equity, and inclusion also matter. Employees want to be a part of a culture that embraces differences rather than merely tolerates them.