Top things to know about the hybrid workplace

Let’s discuss the key aspects of hybrid workplaces and determine whether they are long-term solutions.

The year 2020 provided an unprecedented opportunity for remote work. We are not yet out of the woods, even though some see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is still common for management and many business owners to allow remote working, even with vaccines being rolled out around the world and restrictions being eased. This does not mean that efforts were not made to return to the practices before COVID. Nevertheless, the perspective has shifted when it comes to productivity and location (or locations) of work.

What is a hybrid workplace?

At the beginning of 2020, employers faced a tough choice, ensuring they had all the resources employees needed to stay productive (and sane), while still meeting organizational goals. It is because of this that hybrid workplaces were born.

Hybrid workplaces are business models that combine office work and remote jobs. Although the approach may differ from organization to organization, it usually includes the onsite presence of a core team, while others are free to come and go as they please.

On some days or at certain times, the same employees might be assigned to work onsite, while other days different personnel may be required to work. In other cases, employees may be required to attend meetings in person on specific days of the week.

Instead of scheduling employees’ workaround fixed office hours, hybrid workplaces allow for work to fit around their lives. Having less commuting and less stress can be an ideal balance for many employees (and employers).

Top 5 things you must know about hybrid workplace

If you are thinking about using a hybrid workplace, there are a number of factors to consider. In light of the pros and cons, a hybrid workplace seems to be the best overall solution regardless of the status of the pandemic. Prior to fully committing to a hybrid workplace, we need to assess the nature of work.

1. Great potential for workers

Many employees have reported feeling a loss of support from supervisors and management officers, a phenomenon known as the ‘worker disconnect.’ Despite having the same amount of work, the workload increased (or little consideration of the change in working conditions), and/or financial assistance was not provided for business-related expenses at home (such as electricity and internet).

2. Younger employees are struggling hard

Newcomers and aspiring workers find it more difficult than ever before to make their mark at their respective companies, which is a major problem. Young employees should have job opportunities to demonstrate their skills and commitment to the organization.

3. Limited network within the team

Employees no longer interact with other teams or departments within the company as a result of the lack of social activities. Even though this may not seem to be a problem per se, the lifeblood of the business depends on its employees’ cohesion rather than just relationships within smaller units.

4. Employees true selves have merged

Having a comfortable and familiar work environment enables employees to be themselves in work mode. This could boost productivity and help employees balance work and personal lives.

5. More opportunities for those who have unique skills

Nearly every organization is experiencing new complexities as a result of remote work and hybrid workplaces. Hence, the company needs a broader talent pool to fill in the gaps and ensure that it runs like a well-oiled machine all the time.

Hybrid workplace: Good or bad?

Vaccines and health and safety protocols have already eased up travel restrictions for more than a year now. Businesses of all sizes, large and small, must decide whether they should return to traditional methods or embrace digital technologies or combine both. Employers must consider the nature of the work when making this decision. With planned work, everything will be easier irrespective of the place of work.

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