Nov 8, 2021

Top Benefits of adopting a hybrid workplace model

As the world begins to emerge from the pandemic, workers are reluctant to return to the office full time. After months of adapting to work from home schedules, returning to an office full time is being deemed unreasonable and prompting people to leave their jobs in high numbers. The Hybrid model, combining at home and in-office time, offers a functional alternative to companies seeking to optimize their organizational productivity and culture. Here are the top benefits of integrating a hybrid model into the workplace.

Mental Health

It’s no secret that depression rates peaked during the pandemic. This is related to feelings of fear, loss, grieving and isolation.

According to the Harvard Business review studies in cognitive psychology and neuroscience explain that human cognitive function is dependent on how and where we process signals. With work taking place online, the environmental component of cognitive processing is non- existent, limiting our ability to understand, connect and empathize with one-another. Online meetings eliminate the possibility of spontaneous human moments, which characterize us and allow us to practice full multi dimensional expression, including non-verbal cues. While the task driven nature of video conferencing can be productive in some areas, it generally creates a poor foundation for relationship building—a key factor in mitigating depression.

Facilitating in-person work scenarios help establish relationships, which foster commitment, support and trust amongst teams. These relationships are at the base of maintaining positive mental health and the hybrid work model creates opportunities for relationships to thrive.

Safety

The pandemic is not fully over, and this means that employees’ concern for safety protocols is at an all time high. A survey conducted amongst remote workers and global company leaders concluded that 92% of employees had safety concerns about returning to the office. Integrating platforms like Flowscape to help manage available desks, meeting spaces, times and general workflow to help curb the effects of COVID-19 can help ensure the overall safety of the workplace.

Cost Reduction

One of the main advantages of the hybrid model is the opportunity to reduce costs. The number of desks, spaces, supplies and utilities can all be managed to maintain a low overhead cost. Employees also have an opportunity to save money in avoiding the work commute on a daily basis, and often work from the comfort of their personal laptops as opposed to company hardware.

Improved Productivity

Flexibility propels productivity. The more satisfied the worker is, the greater productivity they will yield. According to Gartner, the Hybrid model allows workers to participate in the synchronous and asynchronous working styles which provide the balance
needed to be as productive as possible.

The list of perks continues. As 2021 comes to a close, expect to see hybrid models more frequently as they are a viable solution to exiting the pandemic smoothly and catering to employee needs. If you’d like to get started on implementing this model at your place of work, feel free to engage in a Flowscape demo here