By now, we all know that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a tectonic shift in the workplaces. From office floors to our home floors! We are well settled in our home offices and would probably prefer to continue doing so. However, there is a part of us that still wants to return to office life. But definitely not to the Monday to Friday, nine to five routine. This makes the idea of ‘hybrid work’ most attractive to both employees and employers. Recent surveys show that a majority of employees now want the best of both worlds. A hybrid work model provides the flexibility to work remotely as well as from an office.
So what is a hybrid work model? To put it simply, it is an arrangement that gives employees the flexibility to work either onsite or offsite, as they see fit. Companies also need to change the office environment into more mobile and collaborative spaces to enable the hybrid approach. Many large organizations, including Google, PWC, and UBS, have announced their plans to embrace the hybrid approach permanently.
There are different types of hybrid models that companies are adapting:
At-Will – As the name suggests, this model offers employees the freedom to choose where they work on any given day. Some companies have already set up a process to place a request to work from the office.
Week Split – Under this model, employees of certain departments/areas are asked to work from the office two-three days a week and the rest from home. This model seems to work better for planning and managing team interactions.
Alternate Weeks – This model enables employees to choose to work from home and the office weekly. This model works best for the large teams to come together for review, updates discussion for their projects.
These models are adapted differently by companies depending on their size and industry. But the one thing that is common among these approaches is that they are ‘employees friendly.’ They offer flexibility that was much wanted by most of the employees.
Pros and cons of flexible / hybrid working
Like any working situation, Hybrid working model comes with its own share of Pros & Cons. Such flexible working environment often works for technical & IT professionals. Many companies are these days hiring for remote working jobs. Let’s have a look on the Pros & cons of Hybri wokring model.
- Lower office space cost
- Enhanced productivity
- More access to the talent pool
- Improve Employees satisfaction
- Better work-life balance
- Complex managing desks, attendance
- Technology and applications may differ
- Managing a widely distributed workforce
- Requiring more process control/monitoring
It could be that, in reality, it may not be easy for both employers and employees to juggle between two workplaces. However, the benefits of the hybrid working model still outweigh its disadvantages, at least in the present context. The transformation to a hybrid working model is still in its testing phase. This model may not be the ultimate panacea. But for now, it seems to work the best.