Summary: The hybrid workplace will be unequal, unless bosses design it not to be
Original author and publication date: Sacha Nauta – November 8, 2021
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: The mere arrival of the future doesn’t solve current discriminatory trends
From the article:
Greater productivity, happier and healthier workers and lower emissions are just some of the benefits of the great work-from-home experiment. Another hoped-for upside is increased workplace fairness.
With workers stuck at home, appearing in similar-sized, randomly arranged rectangles on video calls and unable to suck up to bosses in the office, diversity-and-inclusion types had hoped that the pandemic would be the “great leveller”. It would finally destigmatise remote work and give all employees a fair chance to flourish.
Whether that really will be covid-19’s legacy depends on what happens next. Fairness—essentially, lack of favouritism—is easier to track when everyone is working in similar circumstances. But the vast majority of knowledge workers, and most employers, now prefer a hybrid approach.
Before the pandemic 5% of work in America was done remotely and 27% of employers offered flexible hours; today the numbers are 40% and 88% respectively. The hybrid workplace will be a messy concoction. Left to develop organically, it is more likely to exacerbate existing inequalities than reduce them.