Why a hybrid workforce is beneficial in the post-COVID era workforce
It is no surprise that because of the recent pandemic, companies have had to transform the way they operate. However, as the pandemic continues to recede, companies are starting to accommodate changes to work patterns in the post-COVID era.
As much as some employees will want to return to some sort of routine working in an office, they have become grown accustomed to the flexibility that comes with a work from home lifestyle.
Enter the hybrid model.
Companies are adopting a new hybrid model that combines remote work with office time and defining a future of work that is more flexible and rewarding for their employees. This results in a huge number of business benefits from better access to top talent, happier employees, and improved innovation.
- 55 percent of US workers want a mixture of home and office working (https://siepr.stanford.edu/research/publications/how-working-home-works-out).
- 82 percent of company leaders plan to allow employees to work remotely some of the time (https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2020-07-14-gartner-survey-reveals-82-percent-of-company-leaders-plan-to-allow-employees-to-work-remotely-some-of-the-time).
What is a Hybrid Model?
A hybrid workplace combines a mixture of both remote work and office work. Rather than structuring the workday around a desk in a physical office space, it creates a flexible work schedule in which employees have the freedom to split their time between working at home and coming into a physical office.
Managing a hybrid workforce means your company can combine the advantages of remote work with the collaboration opportunities of face to face in a physical office environment.
- Productivity: The hybrid model allows for companies to redefine performance. Companies once thought that allowing employees to work from home would make them less productive. That has proven to be false. In fact, remote workers are often revealed to be more productive than their in-person colleagues.
- However, there’s no doubt that employees working from home do run into some challenges around feeling out of sync with their colleagues. That’s why hybrid work is the best of both worlds. It combines the improved productivity of remote workers with the superior in-person collaboration and communication of physical office spaces.
- Cost Savings: Companies save money because they can maintain smaller offices or shared office space while expanding their workforce. They can also reduce the amount of money they spend on office supplies, consumables, utilities, etc.
- Improved Employee Satisfaction: Employees value flexibility, so offering them a hybrid work arrangement will improve their morale and satisfaction. Satisfied employees are more productive and are less likely to be absent without a good reason.
The pandemic forced companies to adapt swiftly and find new ways to work. Good business leaders will continue embracing that innovation rather than jumping back into the way things once were. Restructuring a work environment will take time and careful consideration, but the flexibility it will bring to your team and the benefit you will see in return can be well worth the effort.
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Companies with a combination of in-person and remote employees have a much larger talent pool to work with. Fewer candidates will be bound by their location, and companies can begin looking beyond their office-centric talent pools to find the best fit for a role.
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