Hybrid working has been lifted as the future model of office work. But what does it actually mean? Let us sort it out!
What is Hybrid working?
Hybrid working has been increasingly more common during the last decade but reached its
peak in popularity during the covid-19 pandemic. At its core, hybrid working simply means working from different locations, or giving employees the ability to change work environment depending on the circumstance. For example, a hybrid workplace could allow employees to work partly from home and partly from the office or allow employees to freely select between different offices to work from. It can be combined in many ways and is not specific to a certain title or industry.
Hybrid working shares many similarities with Flexible working, a model that is flexible in both when and where employees can work. The main difference is that hybrid work only means flexibility in environment and not in working hours.
Hybrid working can have many benefits, for example, it can give employees increased autonomy and opportunity to combine their private life more effectively with work, it can also decrease cost and time spent traveling and increase individual responsibility. Because more and more companies are offering hybrid working, adapting it to your office can create competitive advantages for keeping and requiting talents to your work force.
Potential problems with Hybrid working.
In our blog post “The effects of remote working”, we touch on the fact that, if not implemented correctly, remote working can affect the employee’s connection to the company, making it more difficult to keep talents within the business and promoting loyalty to the brand. Studies also indicate that employees who work more from home are less likely to receive promotions or other benefits.
Working from home also makes it more difficult for managers to monitor the results of the employees, and collaboration may suffer.
With that said, the benefits of hybrid working are still many, and if remote working is combined with office work, as in hybrid working, these things do not need to cause any issues.
What to think about when implementing hybrid working.
If you are thinking about implementing hybrid working at your office, the first problem you will encounter is the surplus of office space. If employees work from home 50% of the time, your office will be empty 50% of the time. Therefore, the entire office space needs to be reconsidered if hybrid working is something you are looking for.
Take a look at your seating arrangements, Fixed desks will probably not be needed, therefore, make sure to read up about hot desking and desk hoteling for a more effective workplace.
Hybrid working may seem like something that can be easily implemented, just give the employees the ability to work form home! But to make this cost efficient, office space will probably need to be reduced. But with that comes another problem, we need to make sure that the office is not overcrowded when the number of seats is reduced, and make sure that employees who come to the offices has a place to work at.
Desk booking solutions are the best way to adapt to hybrid working and still create stability and certainty for employees. Read more about it here.
As a Summary, make sure you have asked yourself the following questions.
- How will hybrid working affect the flow of employees in your office?
- How much office space will actually be needed after regarding the question above?
- If office space should be reduced, what tools are you thinking about implementing to make office work possible without risking overcrowding?
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