Cisco: Hybrid work is the new normal

Published May 23, 2022, 7:55 AM

by Robert D. Reyes

Cisco: Hybrid work is the new normal

It is a fact that the ongoing pandemic has changed the way many of us work. From spending countless hours at the office to just working from home, and some are even allowed to work from anywhere, hybrid work is deemed as the new normal by Cisco.

Between January to March 2022, Cisco commissioned a study wherein 28,000 full-time employees from 27 countries (touching every continent other than Antarctica) shed insights into how they fared over the past two (02) years and what is needed to thrive in the hybrid working future. The “Cisco Global Hybrid Study 2022” was conducted by Dynata and was launched last 18 May 2022 at a media event at Cisco Singapore Office.

While organizations have benefited from higher employee productivity levels, more needs are needed to be addressed to build an inclusive culture and fully embed hybrid work arrangements to boost readiness levels and enhance employee experience.

According to Filipinos who participated in the study, hybrid working has improved their total employee well-being, work-life balance, and performance. Hybrid working is defined as a flexible working model where employees may work partly in a physical workplace and partly remotely (at home, another workspace, or simply anywhere).

Through hybrid working arrangements, 79% of Filipino respondents believe that their quality of work has improved, while 75% felt that their productivity has enhanced. Out of the 1,050 study participants from the Philippines, 84% shared they also feel that their role can now be performed just as successfully remotely as in the office. On the other hand, only 29% of respondents from the Philippines think that their company is “very prepared” for a hybrid work future.

“The new normal is work-from-home, work from the office, and work from anywhere you want. At the start of the pandemic, we had remote work. Everyone was getting a new broadband subscription, and a new router at home so that we can have an instant network to do remote work. Then when we were allowed to go back to the office, we think of hybrid work. Hybrid work is much more complex,” according to Bee Kheng Tay, President – ASEAN at Cisco.