The COVID-10 pandemic unintentionally launched a mass-scale remote work experiment across the globe. It also shattered the longest-running myth about the workforce: you can’t trust employees to do their jobs if you can’t see them. Instead, the pandemic offered proof that efficiency and productivity are not correlated with being in the office. Now, as executives are tasked with making decisions about the future of their workforce, many are choosing to turn to a hybrid work model allowing employees the flexibility to work remotely and in the office.

While the majority of workers have reported they are more productive working remotely, there are still several misconceptions about the concept of hybrid work. In Gartner’s latest research, they have identified some of the top myths and how this thinking can be detrimental to the future of your business.

Myth 1: Our existing remote work strategy will work for a hybrid workforce.
Reality: Hybrid workforce strategies go far beyond remote work.

Myth 2: Employees are less productive outside the office.
Reality: Remote workers more often go above and beyond and report higher performance.

Myth 3: We need to monitor and measure what employees are doing.
Reality: Employees thrive when given radical flexibility.

Myth 4: Our jobs just can’t be done remotely.
Reality: Hybrid workforce models look beyond roles.

Myth 5: We need in-person contact to sustain our culture.
Reality: Cultural values are changing; orchestrate that change with an open hybrid workforce mindset.

Myth 6: Hybrid workforce models hurt DEI strategy.
Reality: Hybrid workforce models can make it easier to tap a diverse talent pool; inclusion and equity need intentional effort.

Myth 7: A hybrid workforce model duplicates our IT infrastructure.
Reality: Resilient organizations continuously reengineer their IT strategies and infrastructure anyway.

We saw a massive amount of disruption and digital transformation in the past year as organizations have had to make rapid technological and cultural changes. A hybrid workforce model is a reflection of those changing business needs. The hybrid model gives employees the flexibility to be productive and efficient how it suits them best. As strategies are built to best embrace this new working model, executives need to stay informed and dispel the myths that stand between them and operational efficiency.