For many, the arrival of Covid-19 marks a before and after line. This line goes beyond our healthcare system or how we socialize with others; we can perceive this line in our personal lives and our work lives. Most companies and employees are wondering what the workplace will look like post-pandemic. Several surveys have suggested that the future is “hybrid.”
The hybrid work environment is a combination of remote work and in-office work. The idea behind implementing this workplace model is to allow employees to choose where they want to work from. Employees might divide their time between working from an office, from home, or a combination of both.
The implementation of hybrid working space will depend on the organization and its needs. It could include most of their employees working on-site while a few others work remotely; it could be most employees working from home; it could be having employees at the office for a few days a week or just for face-to-face meetings. The most important thing is that the employees work in a comfortable setting while creating a flexible work-life balance.
Why are companies interested in becoming a hybrid workplace?
The arrival of Covid-19 made us rethink the way we live. From how we enjoy spending time with our loved ones to how we work. As employees’ priorities change, companies have been forced to evaluate the meaning of a workplace. While some people might be eager to go back to in-office work, some others are less than happy about the idea of going back to the office. But, most agree that the traditional working space where employees are trapped in an office from 8 to 5 has to evolve.
On the one hand, the pandemic made us realized that it is possible to be productive and get things done without being attached to an office. On the other hand, the pandemic highlighted the downside of remote work and how it could affect some individuals more than others.
With the returning to a more “normal” life, the return to the office seems to be around the corner. However, employees want to choose how they work and where they work. Some people prefer to avoid the commutes to work and spend more time with family, while others want to go back to the office and enjoy the perks of being in a traditional workplace. The hybrid model gives employees the freedom to decide what their working experience will be.
The hybrid working space allows companies to reshape office layouts, attract new talent, and increase diversity. Companies will also increase work satisfaction and productivity among their employees.
Why are employees on board with a hybrid workplace?
Working from home has been an increasing trend since before the pandemic. According to several surveys, nine out of 10 millennials value work flexibility more than salary. However, the desire to work remotely seems to change when it comes to younger employees.
Gen Z will soon become the predominant segment of the working population. In contrast to the millennial desire for remote work, Gen Z is more inclined to work in the office. However, this last group still wants to be able to split their working time between remote work and in-office time. They want to take advantage of both worlds; flexibility of working from anywhere and anytime you want; and socializing, networking, and collaborating with colleagues.
Lots of jobs can be done from anywhere as long as there is electricity and a Wi-Fi connection. Cloud-based software makes distance collaboration possible. Moreover, more and more people are paying attention to having a work-life balance. However, remote work is not for every employee. In a hybrid model, employees enjoy the benefits of flexible work schedules while having the perks of an in-house office.
It is important to remember that any changes in a working environment should be adapted to the people and not the other way around.