Introverts reveal that hybrid work makes them feel overwhelmed
Are you working in a hybrid environment? You probably prefer to start your work week from the office. That said, according to a recent survey of 2,002 employees, 46% of hybrid workers prefer to start the week at their company’s headquarters, while only 20% prefer the comfort of their seat. Regardless of where people work, the results also reported that Monday was the most productive day of the week (28%), especially among those who said they were introverts (39%). In conjunction with the launch of AMLOS (Enable My Line of Sight), an office solution for hybrid working, Canon USA, Inc. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the employee, reveals the difficulties employees may encounter in communicating with their colleagues and how they differ by personality type. Did the hybrid work help improve the communication skills of the employees? Nearly two-thirds (65%) of those who divided their time between their home and office seemed to think so, including more introverts than extroverts (82% versus 62%). However, although 88% of introverts said the hybrid work environment made them feel like they could come out of their shells, they were more likely than extroverts (80% vs. 64%) to find this work model sometimes overwhelming. Wherever they work, many introverts chose the lack of feedback or communication as their biggest daily barrier (32%), while for many extroverts the biggest barrier was too many channels of communication (21%). Overall, nine out of 10 employees find it difficult to speak up at work, and nearly two-thirds share this feeling when working remotely. among the reasons? Everyone is talking at the same time (47%), preference for visual or written communication (43%), and not seeing colleagues at the same time (40%). Video seems to play an important role in improving productivity as well as streamlining interactions with coworkers. Eight out of 10 people (1,722 participants) who opened their videos while working said meetings were more productive when everyone else opened them too. Most respondents said they were better able to interact with colleagues during a meeting when they could share documents, images, and videos in real time (66%) and see everyone in the meeting (58%). “As technology continues to evolve, employers need to continue employee engagement,” said Kohei Maeda, Canon USA, Inc.’s chief marketing officer. “Video is part of the equation, but often requires complementary tools to help with effective real-time communication.” Seven out of 10 respondents (70%) agree that new technology tools such as apps and software can improve communication in the workplace. equip it with technology that will enable everyone to participate equally in meetings. When everyone is on the same page regardless of location, they not only feel physically on the team, but are stronger to contribute,” added Maeda. TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE Virtual Reality (e.g. wearing glasses and interacting with a simulated environment) – 48% Collaborative software (eg Slack, Notion, Trello, etc.) – 43% An AI-powered multilingual translation tool – 38% Better quality webcams – 37% More modern, personalized intranets – 36% Hiring an employee central – 36% A mobile intranet application – 34% Survey Methodology: This randomized dual-participation survey of 2,002 working Americans, 1,018 hybrid employees, was commissioned by Canon USA, Inc. from September 21 to October 13, 2022. Team OneP, a market research company whose members are members of the Market Research Association and a corporate membership to the American Public Opinion Research Association (American Public Opinion Research Association) oll (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).