Bridging the Hybrid Workforce Divide: Canva Study Reveals Inclusivity and Participation Are The Top Issues for Employees Post-Pandemic

Canva, the global visual communication and design platform, released its “Bridging the Hybrid Workforce Divide” study, which examines how employees feel about remote collaboration and what employers must do to foster a thriving hybrid workforce.

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“For most businesses, hybrid work is the best long-term strategy, and they must ensure everyone has equal opportunities to contribute”

Collaboration Pains in a Hybrid Workforce

The research reveals that traditional in-person workplaces will be the exception following the pandemic, with 21% expecting to work fully remote and 38% expecting a mix of remote and in-office work. The findings also show that while hybrid work brings significant benefits, the majority (78%) think that collaboration between remote and in-office colleagues is a challenge.

  • 77% feel collaboration during the pandemic has been more challenging than before.
  • 84% say they need new and improved technologies to effectively collaborate virtually.
  • 54% think remote brainstorming, participation, and presentation development are easier when conducted remotely; only 26% prefer to contribute in person.
  • Introverts are 19% more likely to completely forgo a return to the office when compared to extroverts.
    • 65% of managers describe themselves as extroverts.
  • 81% say that collaborating virtually has become the “new normal” way of working.

“For most businesses, hybrid work is the best long-term strategy, and they must ensure everyone has equal opportunities to contribute,” explains Dr. Michelle McQuaid, positive psychology and organizational change expert. “Workplace practices have generally favored those who are more outspoken, but technologies such as real-time collaboration and commenting have allowed people to collaborate in new ways, without needing to be the center of attention. It’s important that these learnings do not get lost as people make the transition back to the office.”

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