What is a Hybrid Work Model?
Employees can work from both on-site and off-site locations in a hybrid work model. Depending on the work, this arrangement can be worked out between the employer and the employees.
There’s no denying that the pandemic has altered our working practices. It also demonstrated to skeptics that remote work can be beneficial. The majority of employees now have a functional office setup that allows them to work from home. This new working arrangement is being ushered in by a shift in mindset and the adoption of technology.
There are many different types of hybrid work. Some companies may allow all employees to work part of the week on-site and part of the week remotely. Employees at other companies may work full-time remotely or full-time on-site. Others may allow a combination of the two.
How to Adopt the Hybrid Work Model
You’ll need the right people, processes, and technology to implement a hybrid work model. Let’s look at a few things to think about when transitioning to a hybrid work model.
Find out what your employee needs by conducting a survey.
Speak with your employees to learn about their needs so you can create a hybrid model that works for your company. You can create a work model that keeps your employees motivated to do their best work by involving them.
To do so, meet with your workers in the conference room and with a planned presentation to show them the benefits of the hybrid model and why you want to implement it. Next you should send out a survey to find out how employees feel about hybrid work. Make sure to inquire about and provide examples of the working environment in which they would thrive.
After you’ve analyzed the survey results, you’ll have a better idea of how much hybrid work is in demand at your company. You should also look into what types of flexible working arrangements employees prefer and start tailoring your work model accordingly.
Find and Build your Company Culture in the Hybrid Work Model
From any culture, there is an unmistakable positive shift in mindset toward work. Trust between managers and team members has improved, which is a key driver of all workplace changes.
Prior to the pandemic, most managers believed that in order to be productive, employees needed to be present in the office. Employees’ time spent at their desks was thought to be a good indicator of their productivity.
Create Infrastructure that will Allow for Flexible Working
At its best, hybrid work bridges the gap between remote and on-site environments, allowing employees to collaborate more easily. You’ll need to invest in communication tools and on-site video conferencing equipment to make this possible. Determine whether you require new tools or whether you can make new use of existing ones.
Establish company-wide communication standards and encourage team leaders to communicate with their employees clearly. You could, for example, use an asynchronous communication style to accommodate employees who work in different time zones.
To manage workplace traffic and give employees flexibility, create office schedules. There are a variety of approaches to this. You might decide, for example, that employees will work on-site on specific days or weeks. You could also allow managers to set their teams’ schedules using custom scheduling.
Foster Great Workplace Experience
Don’t let your workplace experience slip away. While your employees may not come to work every day, it’s important to keep them interested in coming in at least some of the time. If they do, it may result in a higher number of no-shows and a less enjoyable on-site experience for those who do show up. This would be a waste of on-site resources and investments, not to mention a violation of the hybrid work model’s spirit.
Keep Gathering Employee Feedback
Remember to get employee feedback as you work to create a hybrid work environment that’s right for your company. Make sure that employees have multiple ways to express themselves. For instance, you could create a “always-on” Slack channel for employee feedback. Furthermore, you could send out quarterly feedback surveys to your employees.
Collecting this feedback will allow you to iterate as you go and create a successful hybrid workplace.
Ease into the Hybrid Model by Using Coworking Spaces
For young creatives, startups, and freelancers, coworking spaces were created as a way to bridge the gap between traditional and Hybrid Work Models. This allows companies to have a physical location in business centers while not having to move the entire workforce. Most importantly, it has served as a workspace alternative. Large corporations are gradually adopting this trend; by late 2021, large corporations are expected to account for 40% of flexible workspace demand.