In the business environment today, a lot is both written and spoken of a ‘new way’ to work.
Hybrid working means that employees work both in the office and remotely when remote work could be done from home or while travelling. Hybrid working schedules often vary depending on the industry and individuals involved yet, the most common option is a split spread over a week or two-week schedule. However, there isn’t a standard operating procedure yet for companies to follow which makes trial and error inevitable.
A hybrid workplace can capture the best of both worlds between remote and in-office work. Employees can skip the commute and have more time to focus on their work, but also go into the office to brainstorm new ideas and connect with their colleagues which we believe is crucial to keep the ‘connections’.
Hybrid workplace does offer flexibility to those who want it. It attracts a new generation of workers who demand it. The hybrid workplace boosts employee happiness and cuts down on costs and also changes the physical layout of the office to meet a new set of demands. (See our recent Article relating to Millennials). Employees want flexible workspaces and less formal environments.
In a hybrid workplace, flexible workers can utilize their time better. They can choose to avoid commuting at busy times. They can fully focus on tasks without the noises and interruptions of the traditional office environment. They can choose to work when they’re feeling most productive, whether that’s in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. When employees are happier, better rested, and less stressed, they do better work and can even enhance operational performance.
For many however, working from home can be isolating or distracting. A hybrid workplace mitigates many of the downsides of pure remote working, creating a professional space outside
the home for employees to collaborate, learn from and socialize with colleagues.
Overworking can creep into remote workers. They may work longer hours and take shorter breaks then needed because of the guilt, which leads to more work, more stress, and ultimately burnout.
Like any other work model, there are pros and cons to hybrid work. Switching to this more flexible work model requires time and effort to work well. Without proper planning and resources, you could end up with a dull on-site environment and a disconnected workforce.
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