Prior to the pandemic, Julie M., a client services associate for a financial services company, spent more than two hours and $60 most days reverse commuting from her apartment in New York to her office in suburban New Jersey, first by foot, then by train, and then via a rideshare.
When her employer switched to a hybrid work model, however, Julie was finally able to find a space at the company’s previously overcrowded Manhattan office, located within walking distance of her home. The transition has allowed her to save time and money, and she says the less populated office has also dramatically reduced its environmental footprint.
“We’re saving paper and energy, and on a personal note, I’m no longer taking the train or an Uber — I’m walking to and from the office,” Julie says.
Even with full return-to-office plans still moving targets, it’s clear that the future of work for many will be hybrid, with employees working remotely most or part of the time. Only 6% of employees worked remotely prior to the pandemic, but recent studies suggest that 61% want to work from home at least three days per week moving forward, and 21% want to work entirely remote. With the potential of 10 times the number of employees working from home each day, the opportunity for cost and waste savings is significant, says Joe Karbowski, CTO of FM:Systems, a digital workplace management company.