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Insight of the Day: Hybrid working and the advent of the ‘coffee badger’


  • Coffee Badging: This new phenomenon involves employees showing up at the office briefly, usually just long enough for a cup of coffee, before leaving to work from home.

Key Takeaway:

The emergence of new workplace trends like "career cushioning," "quiet firing," and "coffee badging" highlights the evolving dynamics of work in the hybrid era, while the geographical concentration of CEOs in affluent areas raises questions about social mobility and access to leadership positions.


The trend of "coffee badging" reflects the growing tension between employers pushing for a return to the office and employees seeking greater flexibility and autonomy in their work arrangements.


  • Hybrid work challenges: The hybrid work model presents challenges for both employers and employees, with issues like maintaining engagement, ensuring productivity, and establishing clear expectations.

  • Employee well-being: Poor management practices can lead to disengagement and turnover, highlighting the importance of supportive and empowering leadership.

  • Geographical disparities: The concentration of CEOs in affluent areas suggests a potential lack of diversity and equal opportunities in leadership roles.

Implications for Brands:

  • Employer branding: Companies need to cultivate a strong employer brand that attracts and retains top talent, especially in a competitive job market.

  • Workplace culture: Fostering a positive and inclusive workplace culture is essential for employee engagement and well-being, which can, in turn, improve productivity and reduce turnover.

  • Flexibility and autonomy: Embracing flexible work arrangements and empowering employees with autonomy can enhance job satisfaction and attract a wider range of talent.

  • Leadership development: Companies should invest in leadership development programs to ensure managers are equipped to support and motivate their teams, regardless of work location.

  • Diversity and inclusion: Promoting diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization, including leadership roles, can lead to better decision-making, innovation, and overall business success.

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