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Hybrid Working

2021-12-23T11:01:24+00:00 December 23rd, 2021|News, All, Company News, HR News|

What is Hybrid Working?

Hybrid working, very simply is the ability for an employee to work from a variety of work locations. It is a flexible working model which allows the choice to work from home as well as from the office or another public location. This trend towards hybrid working is not a new concept but has been vastly accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Before the pandemic, the ability to be able to work from home was offered by some employers as a benefit which back then, genuinely set them apart from competitors. Since Covid struck however, working from home has become a societal norm and as a result, businesses are having to seriously look at their benefits package in order to remain competitive and retain talent. To back this up, a study from Microsoft shows that more than half of UK workers would consider quitting their job if hybrid working was not an available option.

Does it work in practice?

Hybrid working seems to, overall, have had a positive effect on employee’s mental health and well-being. For many, the increase in the hybrid working trend has enabled people to enjoy newfound autonomy, flexibility, improved performance and even new forms of collaboration. However, differing beliefs are emerging as businesses get to grips with the reality of managing hybrid working teams. Robert Ordever is a workplace culture expert at OC Tanner Europe and his belief is that being together in an office allows for collaboration, innovation and connection which is harder to achieve at a distance. He believes that the office is vital for facilitating social interaction, storytelling and memory making, all of which nurture a strong workplace culture. This has certainly been experienced by some organisations and indeed without the correct structures and communication tools in place, this is certainly the case. There is also a risk that home working will alienate employees, causing them to feel separate and isolated from the team as a whole. Isolation can become a pre determiner for depression which has a huge impact on employee well-being and their ability to be productive at work. For some employers, having their team working from home encourages a more micro-managed style which could also have negative effects on employees.

However, according to Glassdoor, despite the lack of connection to the office culture, remote work is considered one of the most important tools for companies and is considered by many to be an essential component of Company culture and therefore, in order to retain and attract employees, it needs to be offered within an organisation to remain a competitive employer.

It seems that moving forward, companies will have a difficult job to balance the requirement for hybrid working with the importance of maintaining productivity. The study by Microsoft shows that companies will need to be proactive and ensure measures are put in place to help workers share information and collaborate across groups so that innovation and productivity are not negatively impacted.

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