Adapting Software Teams to the New Normal: An Early Case Study of Transitioning to Hybrid Work Under COVID-19


In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many studies have begun to address what some refer to as the" new normal," comprising hybrid arrangements of employees working from home and working at the office with varying schedule arrangements. While many of the studies to date addressed how employees coped with work-from-home, we sought to investigate how employees dealt with a transition to the new normal of hybrid arrangements. To shed light on this topic, we conducted a survey-based case study at one office location of a large, multinational software corporation. The site sought to transition employees fully working from home to working two days remotely and three predefined days in their shared workspace. Our survey results indicated a substantial decline in work satisfaction since the beginning of this transition, which can be explained by diverse work preferences. Furthermore, some software developers felt frustrated during this transition time; they described challenges they underwent and proposed potential solutions. In this paper, we present our lessons learned in this case study and describe some actionable recommendations for practitioners facing such transitions.

Proceedings of the 56th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

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Yi-Hung Chou
Yi-Hung Chou
First-year Ph.D. student @ UC Irvine

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Prof. Tobias Schimmer
Prof. Tobias Schimmer
Chief Development Expert at SAP & Honorary Professor at University of Mannheim
Prof. Rafael Prikladnicki
Professor at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
Prof. David Redmiles
Professor of Informatics, University of California, Irvine