Among the many things Covid-19 has brought were changes in the way we work. Hybrid and remote working became a thing, as we grappled with quarantines and lockdowns during the pandemic.
As expected, the hybrid work setup is the preference of Filipinos, as it offered respite from travel costs, traffic, and other related expenses.
According to Cisco’s 2022 Global Hybrid Work Study, hybrid working has improved the overall well-being of 89.2% of employees. Around 92.2% said they are happier and 85.8% said their work-life balance has improved. Meanwhile, 74.2% saved over 4+ hours per week from commuting to work.
The sentiments are attributed to a more flexible work schedule and reduced commuting time. In fact, around 74.2% of the respondents said they saved over 4+ hours per week from not commuting to work.
The study said employees’ relationships have improved as well. About 92.6% have better relations with their families, while 63.8% said the same for their friends. Most employees are also more confident with 67.5% reporting better self-esteem and confidence.
Hybrid working has improved the mental well-being of Filipinos. Around 61.3% said stress levels have decreased, thanks to less work environment pressures and greater flexibility.
Filipino employees also have improved their financial well-being. According to the study, 89.6% have saved more money in the past 12 months from lower to no commuting costs and lower spending on food and entertainment. For most, this allowed them to save US$126 (around Php 7,200++ when converted) per week.
The savings had such an impact that 67.8% would take these into account when looking for employment.
With more time in their hands, 68.1% of employees said their physical well-being is better. Around 76.3% eat healthier and 71.1% exercise more, resulting in 74.2% saying they are now physically fitter.
After experiencing hybrid work setups, 59.6% of Filipinos now prefer it, but there are obstacles. Around 72.8% said regular connectivity issues will limit remote working. Still, 73% say their company has the right network infrastructure to support it.
In the end, only 29.1% of employees feel their employer is prepared for a hybrid working future as many do not see their organizations are prepared for it.