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Hybrid Work: A lasting transformation impacting businesses in 2023

Written by Editor

July 25, 2023

Enhancing work performance and boosting employee retention in a beneficial manner

By Raine St.Claire

In 2023, there has been a significant shift in job seeker preferences, with 76% expressing a desire for completely remote positions. However, a substantial 89% of applicants are willing to embrace a hybrid work arrangement when full-time remote work is not available.

Employers are increasingly offering “flex time” work arrangements to their staff, allowing them to have more control over their working hours. This remarkable advantage enables individuals to better manage their daily tasks, leading to higher job satisfaction and increased productivity. Consequently, more and more organisations are embracing this work arrangement due to its positive impact on work performance and employee retention.

Experts in remote work are confident that hybrid schedules will remain a permanent feature in the workforce. They cite reasons such as enhanced worker engagement and retention, despite ongoing adjustments being made to refine this approach in real-time.

Though companies are still in the process of adapting, it is becoming evident that hybrid work will become the new norm. According to a survey conducted by Pew in February, 35% of people who had the option to work remotely were doing so full-time. Furthermore, recent reports indicate that 66% of organisations have already adopted the hybrid work style, while 30% are actively planning to transition.

 

Combining remote and on-site work: Exploring the advantages of four different types of hybrid work

Hybrid work is characterised by its high flexibility, as it can be customised to suit a company’s specific needs when implementing this setup. Determining the most suitable hybrid work schedule for a company is crucial, as it lays the foundation for new workplace policies.

Four different types of hybrid work arrangements offer distinct advantages, challenges, and policies. Here is a concise overview of each type:


At-will

This type allows employees to customise their work schedule and location daily, working remotely when possible and coming into the office as needed, while adhering to social distancing protocols. However, the effectiveness of this arrangement largely depends on the employee’s productivity, as they may not be in the office frequently. Ensuring an efficient workflow tailored to their requirements is essential for successful at-will hybrid work, which requires effective time management to balance personal and professional commitments.

 

Split-week

The split-week arrangement involves employees working remotely two to three days a week and being in the office for the remaining days. This setup enables managers to stay connected with their teams and facilitate regular face-to-face group meetings. Companies implementing this system often divide the week based on different departments, fostering improved communication and gathering valuable insights into employees’ progress, ideas, and concerns.

Shift work

In this time-based arrangement, employees alternate between working from home and having shifts in-office during mornings or evenings. However, this type of hybrid work can be challenging for individuals who do not prefer early mornings or late nights. Irregular working hours associated with shift work can affect well-being, making it less appealing for some employees.

 

Week-by-week

Team members alternate between working in the office and from home on a weekly basis, utilising the workspace for face-to-face reviews, setting deadlines, and exchanging information. This type of hybrid work fosters extended face-to-face interactions, enhancing team communication and collaboration while maintaining remote flexibility and a conducive workspace environment for improved work efficiency.



Advantages of flexible and remote work

Flexible and remote work options offer numerous benefits, such as improved work-life balance, increased satisfaction, and broader hiring opportunities. Employees who use remote work at least once a month experience a 24% boost in productivity and fulfilment compared to others. Additionally, having employees present in the office on specific days also contributes to higher productivity and satisfaction.

In a hybrid work setup, employees are more likely to remain loyal to the company due to increased satisfaction. According to 95% of HR leaders, hybrid work leads to greater employee contentment and loyalty, positively impacting overall wellness.Flexible work schedules empower employees to customise their hours, benefiting working parents in balancing job and family responsibilities. It allows individuals to effectively attend to personal matters, fostering a healthy work-life balance. Furthermore, hybrid work facilitates access to a diverse talent pool from around the world through online job portals.

Hybrid work proves to be cost-effective, saving time and money on daily commutes and reducing operational costs for businesses. Moreover, it significantly reduces the carbon footprint by minimising physical presence on-site, resulting in lower CO2 emissions from vehicles. This makes it an environmentally friendly alternative while providing employees with greater flexibility.

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