The hybrid working model is simply a compromise between remote at-home working and time spent in the office – so What are the benefits of the hybrid working model?
The pandemic put home working into sharp focus and there’s evidence to suggest that people will be spending a lot more time working remotely in the future.
Home working is a sacrifice, though, and never setting foot in the office comes with a range of disadvantages.
That’s where the hybrid model comes in. Here is a guide as to how a hybrid working model can benefit your business.
It’s incredibly flexible
The big advantage of the hybrid working model lies in its sheer flexibility.
There’s no clearly defined model and no “right” answer on getting the correct balance.
That means you can choose a schedule that fits your business.
Some employers opt for the so-called “at-will model,” which is the most flexible.
Employees simply come into the office whenever they want and spend the rest of their time working remotely.
Reasons to come in might include a meeting, seeking specific help, or just because they want a quieter place to work.
At the other end of the scale, there’s shift work. This usually involves employees alternating shifts at home with shifts in the office.
It’s not the most popular method by any means (shift work is notoriously arduous) but it’s nonetheless the right choice for some businesses.
Elsewhere there’s also a weekly hybrid model that sees staff alternate a week at home with a week in the office and even the split week, which has them work part of the week remotely.
Even these approaches can be tweaked to suit individual business models.
Some companies have different types of hybrids in place for different teams and even individual employees.
The hybrid model gives far greater control to employers while ensuring that employees enjoy a flexible schedule that can be tailored to them.
Flexibility is an important part of team management and job satisfaction, and you can’t get more flexible than the hybrid model.
It retains the office connection
Maintaining a connection with the central office hub is important.
Home-working environments can sometimes be chaotic.
There will inevitably come a time when an employee needs in-person assistance, a technical solution that can only be provided on-site, or simply craves the community feel of an office.
Hybrid doesn’t sacrifice any of this and allows employers to retain a traditional business model including support networks, in-house technical assistance, and a comprehensive benefits system.
Tailoring employee benefits to the hybrid system can be difficult.
Individual circumstances might require a different benefit structure, which is why so many businesses (hybrid and otherwise) turn to online employee benefits systems to manage the process for them.
These platforms allow employers to construct and subsequently administer benefits tailored to their businesses structure, which is particularly useful if you’re operating with the hybrid model.
Hybrid mixes the best of modern-day flexibility with the traditional office environment.
Employees sacrifice nothing by way of connection, on-site assistance, sense of community, and access to management—all the while gaining a degree of control over their schedules.
By reducing time spent on the commute, employees enjoy extra hours in the day, therefore boosting job satisfaction and improving that all-important but so often elusive work/life balance.