No, Hybrid Workforce Models Won’t Dilute Your Culture

January 07, 2021

Contributor: Jackie Wiles

If you’re worried that hybrid workforce and remote work models will ruin your organizational culture, data suggests you’re wrong.

About one-third of newly remote or hybrid employees report their organization’s culture has changed since starting to work remotely — and most of them say it’s a change for the better. 

Employees who report that culture has improved since starting to work remotely are 2.4 times more likely to report high employee engagement

This finding — which emerged from a Gartner survey of 5,000 employees on their organization’s culture and their perceptions of recent culture change — will be news to naysayers of hybrid workforce models, who often complain that a lack of regular in-person contact dilutes an organization’s culture.

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Satisfaction with the culture is critical to key talent outcomes. Employees who report that culture has improved since starting to work remotely are:

  • 2.4 times more likely to report high employee engagement
  • 2.7 times more likely to report high discretionary effort and intent to stay
  • 3.5 times more likely to report high inclusion than employees who report their organization’s culture has deteriorated.

Notably, senior leaders are even more likely (1.9 times more than individual contributors) to report that their organization’s culture has improved since starting to work remotely.

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