04 Feb 2022
2020 saw a huge shift in the way we approach employed work.
Many companies have moved over to a model that involves home or remote working – with many implementing “hybrid working” solutions. But what is hybrid working?
This term refers to a combination of in-office and home or remote work. But why is it so prevalent now – and how can your business adopt this approach effectively? In this article, Propel will uncover what hybrid working actually means as well as highlight the pros & cons for you to consider!
The recent outbreak of COVID-19 was the catalyst for a dramatic shift towards a hybrid model of working.
Remote solutions remove the necessity for employees to spend too much time in close proximity and allows workers to avoid cramped public transport – thus reducing the spread of the virus.
Businesses can effectively implement a hybrid working model as long as they invest in the right resources and solutions. These may include:
Employers who implement hybrid working may find that they can spread their net wider when recruiting. Candidates are more likely to consider a long commute if it is only required a few times per week or less.
Businesses may decide to rotate their in-office staff and employ a desk-sharing system, which means they are likely to need less space than before.
As a result of this – and of using less equipment on site – energy bills may drop.
Many hybrid workers enjoy the freedom that this model allows. They can make the most of home comforts, get chores out of the way on their lunch break and avoid the social pressures of an office environment.
They may also enjoy a more relaxed start and end to the day by avoiding a commute, so they are less likely to be distracted by stress.
Employees may also be able to save money on their commute and will be able to spend time making their lunch at home – which often results in cheaper and healthier food.
Good staff mental health results in higher productivity and a better standard of work.
Depending on your business’s practises, a hybrid model may allow you and your staff to be more flexible when it comes to working hours during their remote days.
You might wish to offer the opportunity for staff to start earlier, finish later or otherwise manage their time in a way that better suits them.
This can be especially helpful for employees with children or other commitments – and, as a result, will enable you to hire a wider range of talent.
Hybrid working can also allow your staff to work from anywhere in the world, so if they have commitments in another location, they won’t necessarily need to take the time off.
There are clear benefits to choosing a hybrid model over one that is entirely remote.
By doing this, you will be able to achieve the savings, improved staff mental health and additional flexibility mentioned above without totally sacrificing the social aspect of work or the capacity to effectively manage your employees in-person.
There are a few potential downsides to hybrid working that your business may experience.
Where employees are required to be on site in-person – for example, in the construction or manufacturing industries – there will be little capacity for remote working.
Some employees may find it difficult to focus when working from home. It can be tough to motivate oneself without managers or colleagues around – and many people may even begin to feel isolated.
What’s more, individuals who do not have a positive home life may use the office as an escape. Enforcing remote work can negatively impact their mental health – or even their safety.
If hybrid working is incorrectly implemented, managers may lose track of what different members of their team are doing.
Workers may miss instructions or lose their connection to the internet – and if they aren’t physically present, it isn’t possible to check in with them in person.
When carefully planned and diligently implemented, hybrid working can be a refreshing and flexible approach. It can offer a vast improvement to the employee experience and provide many opportunities for businesses to save money and hire more diverse talent.
To find out more about the best approaches to hybrid working, contact Propel today. Our knowledgeable team will be happy to assist.
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