A new trend, “coffee badging,” has emerged, with more than half (58%) of hybrid employees in one survey saying they take part in it. The survey is from the AI-powered conferencing platform Owl Labs. Coffee badging is when workers go into the office quickly, to socialize with co-workers or grab a coffee, before leaving again.
Coffee badging could be a reason employees are going back into the office, according to the Owl Labs report. Only 34% of surveyed employees said they prefer to work in the office for the full day when they are there. And only 8% said they don’t currently coffee badge but would be interested in doing so down the line.
According to the survey, men participate in coffee badges much more than women. Sixty-two percent of those who admitted to participating in the trend are men, versus only 38% of women. The oldest workers in the office, Baby Boomers, were least likely to coffee badge. Millennials were the most likely generation to coffee badge, with 63% saying they admit to showing up for the sake of being seen.
Going Back to the Office
According to the report, nearly all (94%) of workers surveyed said they could be convinced to work in the office in some capacity regularly. But nearly 29% of workers said they would expect a pay increase to offset their commuting costs. A quarter also said they would forfeit 15% of their annual salary for flexible working conditions.
If hybrid work is here to stay, CFOs and their teams should know how much in-person work can be done while still being considered hybrid from the employee’s perspective. According to Owl Labs, most employees (45%) work a hybrid schedule that has three days per week of in-office work. Less than a quarter work two or four days a week (24% and 23%, respectively).
There are unique challenges when managing remote or hybrid employees, and managers said their top concern is IT support issues (34%). Other concerns include maintaining cultural connection, team camaraderie, and communication (34%), employee engagement (32%), and employee satisfaction (32%).
The lack of in-person communication is a noticeable hurdle for managers and their direct reports. Sixty-eight percent of managers said their remote and hybrid team members are missing out on impromptu or in-formal feedback opportunities, and 48% of remote and hybrid workers agree.
As rising costs have hit employees as hard as they’ve hit companies, many workers have been forced to get second jobs outside of their full-time work to get by. According to Owl Labs, 46% of employees have at least one additional job or “side hustle” outside of their full-time job and 16% said they do not have an additional job but plan to start one in the next year. Full-time office workers are more than twice as likely to have an additional job than hybrid and remote workers, the report found.