As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s difficult to determine when it’s fully safe to return back to the office again. Since 2020, many organisations such as Hubspot, Apple, Microsoft, and Slack have embraced the new normal of the hybrid workspace. The term “hybrid” has been the new buzz word going around, but what is it? Hybrid work allows employees to have the flexibility to work remotely and in the office. More employers are shifting to hybrid work and changing how the company works.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of hybrid work for employees and their companies.
Employees are more productive because of the flexibility of being in control of their work schedules. An organization that prioritizes work-life balance can help employees from being burnt out. Accenture surveyed 9,326 employees on the future of work and 83% of workers prefer a hybrid model. Employees want the best of both worlds and more are preferring a hybrid or remote model over working entirely in the office.
Employee's Ideal Work Environment
It’s a win-win for both the employer and the employees. Companies don’t have to invest in a bigger space because less office space is needed. Employees can save on commuting because they can work in the comfort of their own homes. (research completed by Harvard and Stanford University)
Instead of just hiring people from the area, your company has the opportunity to access a wider talent pool. A bigger pool means you can find more talented people and increase productivity levels at work.
Not sure where to start? We have some tips on how to start adopting the hybrid work model.
Although not everyone’s in the office anymore, you still need to keep up the great work culture! In Accenture’s study, people are driven to work from home because it makes them feel safer. For those who don’t always show up in the office, you can encourage employees to take part in virtual coffee chats or team-building activities. Snack Nation has created 57 virtual team-building activities to boost your employee morale.
What drives people to want to be remote?
It’s important to be transparent with your employees and make sure they’re up to date with the work policy. Companies should get input from their employees before enforcing a hybrid work model. This can be done through surveys or meetings. Involving employees in the process can motivate them to work harder and create a better work environment. Don’t forget to also collect continuous feedback, so your company can continue to thrive.
It’s essential to figure out communication methods and office schedules. Some popular collaboration tools include Slack and Microsoft Teams. A hybrid office doesn’t require employees to show up to the office five days per week, so it’s important to allocate space for employees without an assigned seat. Employees can book a desk in advance with a booking tool like Litespace.
The hybrid work model isn’t new, but many more businesses are starting to adopt the model. No one knows exactly what the future will look like, but we do know business growth depends on a productive team.
Litespace is helping companies turn into a hybrid workspace easier by providing an all-in-one platform that offers office booking, scheduling and covid screening
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