Oct 4th 2021
Hybrid working: Is it right for you?
The concept of hybrid working was a fairly distant idea that some companies played around with pre-pandemic, but many of which would have never in a million years considered having their workforce WFH. However, the pandemic forced many white-colour companies to adopt a remote work model and now with restrictions *almost* completely gone, the idea of a hybrid work model isn’t such a distant idea after all. Yet, with the shift in the work model happening yet again, it leaves us the question of, “is hybrid work for everyone?”.
A Gartner Inc survey revealed that 74% of companies will move a minimum of 5% (the median being 20%) of their workforce to permanent remote working as it benefits the companies’ financial goals while also allowing those who wish to carry on WFH to do so. However, is remote working bringing happiness and joy to its workers? A survey of 3,000 remote workers found that solely working remotely has reached its hiatus, due to its impact of making individuals feel ‘disconnected’ and ‘lonely’. Yet, 71% of employees would like to have the flexibility of a hybrid model to work three days in the office and two days a week from home.
So, what are the benefits of hybrid working?
In a well-balanced hybrid model, it can have many benefits for its employees as well as the greater business, because a happy employee equals a happy company. Providing greater flexibility through hybrid working is a fantastic way of providing more autonomy to employees, which in effect can enhance well-being and productivity. Having the flexibility to work from the office and home helps combat the issue of loneliness and disconnect that we have seen over the course of the pandemic by giving back the side of sociability while keeping the independence and flexibility of working from home.
This model also reduces the stress of commuting and excess spending which many people find affecting their well-being, which is why it has been a huge player as to why people would like to have a hybrid work model. Adopting such a work style encourages companies to focus more on the social side of the company through in-person and virtual experiences with the aim to keep morale up and employees content.
Issues to look out for
Like everything in life, there is always a negative side to anything positive. So, it’s no surprise that a hybrid work model can have a dodgy side to it. So, here are some of the most important issues to consider when deciding on whether a hybrid work model is for you.
- Inequality. Not everyone has a designated workspace in their home or access to superfast broadband, which can, in turn, affect some employees’ productivity.
- Lack of Inclusivity. Not being in the office can give you FOMO, but most importantly unevenly implemented hybrid working can lead to an influence gap between those who are more heavily office-based and those who are predominantly home-workers. This issue can seep into diversity and inclusion causing a plethora of issues.
- Miscommunication. Having more people in the office and some people working from home leaves more space for digital communication conflict and misunderstanding.
Overall, hybrid working seems to be the champion of working models because it gives people the autonomy to have flexibility – which is what we want! However, that isn’t to say that it is all smooth sailing or full of benefits, but it does make a large majority of the population happy.
If you feel that hybrid working is right for you, then check out the jobs available on our platform as we have a selection of opportunities at exciting companies which adopt this model.