As people return to the office after covid, not everyone is sure they want to resume five days a week in-person work. According to an Accenture survey, 83% of respondents believe a hybrid work arrangement is "optimal."
And, while many people prefer a hybrid schedule, it is not appropriate for everyone. Some employees have discovered that remote work is the best option for them and would choose to do so in the long run.
If you're debating whether to do hybrid or full-time remote work, a few practical considerations will help you make the best decision for your situation.
Employees who prefer a mix of in-person and remote work may be drawn to the hybrid-remote working option for a variety of reasons:
Following is the discussion on the pros and cons of hybrid working over remote working and other work modes.
There are days when going to the office is more convenient (for example, project kick-off, hot phases of a project) and days when working from home is preferable, such as when craftsmen or anxiously anticipated parcels are expected. No one, however, would like to be forced into a working model that doesn't work for them. As a result, your employees will value flexible working and self-determination options.
Isn’t it necessary to train new team members? This is also possible on the job site with the hybrid work model. As a result, newcomers can integrate much more quickly into the corporate culture and new work processes and will feel more integrated.
While some people can only get things done at work, others are much more focused and productive at home. With a hybrid work model, you can cover both groups and thus increase/maintain employee productivity without sending them to an unfamiliar working environment.
There will be far fewer office employees in your physical work if you have a hybrid workforce. This means you won't need as many office supplies as furniture, stationery, phone lines, and so on. You can even downsize your office space to only a few employees, saving money on real estate, electricity bills, and other costly expenses.
Employees who travel by car benefit from hybrid working because they save money on transportation and do not have to drive to work every day. This leaves some with a few euros each month, which they can invest in hobbies, leisure time, or smaller desires.
Hybrid employees use offices for a variety of purposes, including relaxed encounters, concentrated work, and important team and project meetings. The premises should be divided into flexibly usable meeting rooms, focus areas, and communal areas to provide a focal point for all usage purposes.
A fully remote work model benefits the employer by allowing them to hire office employees without regard for location. Meanwhile, in hybrid, you will need to hire people who live close to your office and can easily commute. Remote working allows you to hire the most qualified candidates based on their skills without having to worry about them being in a different country or region.
Working for a remote company allows employees to work from wherever they want. People who are constantly on the move, such as military spouses, new working mothers, or those with limited mobility, can have a promising career with remote work. This is not available in hybrid work.
In hybrid working, remote workers are frequently under pressure or concerned about being perceived as lazy in comparison to the in-house team. This can lead to them working more overtime and taking fewer breaks than their office colleagues, putting them at greater risk of burnout.
A remote worker in a hybrid team may feel isolated and disconnected from the in-house team. They are unable to physically visit their colleague's desks for face-to-face discussions. They might also miss out on office perks like team lunches, company happy hours, birthday celebrations, and more.
You might be implementing a hybrid work model to allow a few employees to work from home due to family obligations. You may believe that they can continue to work as if they were in a physical office.
That, however, is not the case. Working remotely is a completely different ball game with its own set of requirements and rules.
It necessitates extensive training in the best remote working practices. It is possible that the training module will not be implemented quickly, resulting in decreased performance and productivity.
Even if this isn't the case daily, commuting to work is still common. This consumes a lot of time, causes stress, and can harm the performance of those involved, especially in cities with high traffic volumes.
Are you still looking for a good working model for your business? Remote work enables you to operate from any part of the world. If you choose the remote model, you save money on office costs but must invest heavily in team-building and communication.
Furthermore, you risk negative health consequences for anyone who is simply not suited to working in a home office and cannot perform effectively there. Because everyone gets to do what they are best at, hybrid working is much less complicated and more flexible.
However, which type of work is best for your company is determined by the type and industry of your business, as well as the individual needs of your employees. Reasonable compromises between your interests and your employees' wishes can usually be found here.