It’s here to stay, there is no debate on that front. But, with office vacancy rates at 15%, the highest since the mid-90s, employers are pushing for higher office attendance. We saw a big demand on this front in 2023 and 2024 will see the push continue. With job insecurity also doing the rounds, we have seen a greater inclination from employees as well.
Organisations are offering the world, or close to it to attract people back! Cooking classes, pawternity (yes, it is a thing), onsite childcare, travel allowance, bonuses attached to attendance, etc. But what is most important is that your company values align with the benefits and are not seen as superficial tokens. An enduring, warm, and inclusive culture with sticking power harnesses employee engagement and productivity far more than a free lunch. Also- a quick note: hybrid is often ‘code’ for flexibility. Maybe look to have a deeper understanding of your team’s individual needs.