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Hybrid work creates unequal opportunities

Even though hybrid working improves financial, mental, social and physical wellbeing, not everyone has the option to work (partially) remotely, according to a report published by the Economist in collaboration with Google Workplace. For example, the lowest educated jobs often require physical presence and face to face time. And even if you are able to work from home, younger generations often feel that professional advancement will be hindered by their lack of visibility. Whereas older generations often had more time and experience to establish their standing in the workplace or within the company, Millennials and Generation Z do not have that luxury. 

While companies cannot turn back the clock to a time where hybrid working is still an exception, nor should they wish to, it is important to be aware of the inequality of opportunities for different groups. 

The survey questioned over 1,200 knowledge workers in twelve countries in September-October 2021, about their experience (or lack thereof) with hybrid working and the opportunities and challenges they saw. Read more about the consequences of remote work here.