During the pandemic, hybrid work gained popularity and appears to have stuck. Although some businesses have returned to the office, many have concluded that hybrid work is the future of work, while others have gone completely remote.
In comparison to remote work, hybrid employment provides numerous advantages for both businesses and employees.
In this post, we’ll look at the advantages of hybrid work and how you can help your workforce adjust to a hybrid workplace.
What we’ll discuss:
- What is hybrid work?
- The benefits of hybrid work
- How to implement a hybrid work model
What is hybrid work?
Hybrid work refers to a flexible work style that allows employees to divide their time between working in the office and working from home. The amount of flexibility in hybrid work varies.
Hybrid work policies:
- Hybrid split-week – The company designates specific days for in-office and at-home work by team or function.
- Hybrid manager-scheduling – Managers decide on a split between in-office and home office working for their team
- Hybrid at-will – Employees choose which days to work from home and when to go into the office
- Hybrid blend – A combination of the above three policies (usually depending on the projects the company is busy with)
The hybrid work concept is intended to give employees employment flexibility. Their productivity levels should be consistent regardless of whether they work from home or in the office.
The advantages of hybrid work
We explore why the hybrid work model is so appealing to both employees and employers, given that over 70% of businesses globally have chosen to use it and that only 4% have returned to the office.
- A flexible schedule makes it easier to find a work-life balance. More flexible work schedules give employees more time for personal tasks like picking up kids from day-care or running errands.
- Employees can decide to work during the day when they are most productive in an environment that is comfortable for them.
- Global talent is available to employers. If you have a broader talent pool, you can hire a specialised team. This provides your business with a competitive edge, helps you break into new markets, and guarantees ongoing productivity.
- Allows you to maintain a healthy corporate culture. Hybrid work allows teams to meet in person to collaborate (a major hurdle for remote workers).
How to implement a hybrid work model
The appropriate individuals, procedures, and technology are needed for a hybrid work model. Let’s examine the considerations that should be made when switching to it.
- Make your office a great workplace. While your employees may not be there daily, each day in the office must be significant.
- Create a wholesome company culture based on trust. The hybrid work model depends on a healthy level of trust between managers and their teams, which is vital to your company’s success when transitioning to hybrid work.
- Create the infrastructure for flexible work. Invest in workplace technology, such as virtual communication instruments and video conferencing tools, so that your employees can work productively and comfortably from anywhere.
Taking the first steps towards a hybrid work model is certainly exciting as it provides a great deal of flexibility to both employers and employees. It’s important to make the transition as smooth as possible and ensure that your employees have all the tools they need when working “out of office.”