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Best Of All Work Worlds? Hybrid Arrangements Offer Time At Home And Face Time With The Boss

Mitchell Schnurman
The Dallas Morning News


WWR Article Summary (Tl;dr)
As Mitchell Schnurman reports, “Many are embracing hybrid models that let employees spend some days working remotely — a recognition that such flexibility has become a must-have benefit for many.”

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Why are people staying away from the office even as they return to restaurants, movies and air travel?

“It’s not a COVID thing anymore,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, group president of Amdocs Inc., a software services company with over 1,000 employees in Plano. “Now it’s become a lifestyle.”

Two years ago when the pandemic hit, millions of workers were forced to do their jobs from home. And they did them pretty well, learning how to use online tools and often boosting productivity.

Today, as the pandemic starts to ease, companies want people to come back to the workplace again. Many are embracing hybrid models that let employees spend some days working remotely — a recognition that such flexibility has become a must-have benefit for many.

Last year, Amdocs adopted a typical hybrid plan, with employees spending three days a week in the office and two at home. It lasted just eight months, and then the company let each team decide when and how often to show up in person.

“That completely changed the discussion and people loved it,” Goonetilleke said, noting that Amdocs has made 50 hires locally this year. “This is about trusting your employees and saying collectively, ‘We have a job to do, and what’s the best way to do it?’”

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