Hybrid Work

February 3, 2023 • Volume 33, Issue 5
Will remote work forever alter the workplace?
By Susan Ladika


Millions of workers shifted to working remotely as the COVID-19 pandemic began to rage in 2020. Now, executives at companies such as Twitter and Walt Disney Co. are saying it is time for employees to return to the workplace. But many employees balk at coming back after almost three years of flexibility. Surveys have found that a majority of employees who can work remotely want to keep a remote or hybrid schedule, and some say they will quit if forced to return to the office full time. Many say remote and hybrid work have improved diversity, equity and inclusion as employers are able to attract a wider range of talent from across the country. More disabled people have entered the workforce, and members of marginalized groups report facing fewer negative situations at work. But others say hybrid work threatens corporate culture, hampers workplace relationships and undermines company loyalty. Given the sometimes mismatched expectations between employers and employees, it is not yet clear how they will find common ground.

Photo of American Express employees in hybrid office, New York City, New York, on March 16, 2022. (AP Photos/American Express/Ben Hinder)
American Express employees in New York City meet in March 2022 as part of a new program that allows them the option of working from home, coming to the office or a hybrid of the two. The COVID-19 pandemic shifted many employees to remote work. Some companies want their workers to return to the office, but experts say hybrid work is here to stay. (AP Photos/American Express/Ben Hinder)
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Jul. 19, 1996  Crackdown on Sexual Harassment
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Apr. 13, 1990  Reforming Workers' Compensation
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Feb. 16, 1990  Repetitive Motion: New Job Ailment
Nov. 25, 1988  Fired for No Good Cause: Is It Legal?
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