The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic caused, among others, a temporary remote working situation for many employees. As the workforce around the globe starts going back to office, employees express the need to preserve some form of remote working. To respond to the needs of their employees without eliminating on-site working, more and more companies are turning their workplace into a hybrid one.

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The abrupt transition to remote working

With half of humanity being on lockdown in the midst of the pandemic, remote working was the last resort for many companies to continue their operations. Contrary to the initial hesitation on whether employees would remain productive while working from home, most surveys show that productivity levels not only did not take a hit, but in some cases they even increased. This has created a strong argument for employees to advocate for remote working, even when the global health emergency is over. Less time spent on commute, more structure and fewer distractions are among the reasons why some prefer working form home.

Despite these demonstrated benefits of homeworking, many have missed the human interactions at the office. What is more, working from home has affected the mental health of some workers in a negative way. Other studies have shown that this new way of working resulted in many employees putting in longer hours than previously. On top of that, remote working has had a negative impact on the onboarding of new hires as well. It is therefore clear that the arguments to return to the office are also strong.

How to compromise between the two work models? Enter the hybrid workplace.

What is the hybrid work model?

The hybrid work model is a combination of working remotely and working at the office. The most common hybrid work models are:

–All employees will work some days of the week from a remote location, and the rest of the days they will work on-site.

–Some employees will work entirely from a remote location, while others will exclusively at the office.

–A combination of the two previous models.

In the post-pandemic era, remote working implies not only working from home but also working from a third location, or even from a holiday destination.

Why should companies consider hybrid working?


Publié le 03 août 2021