As businesses expect workers to start returning to the office, many of us are now looking to work hybridly. Hybrid working is a great way of enjoying the flexibility of remote working while still being able to go into the physical office when needs be. However, many companies are not well versed in the balancing act of hybrid working. Alas, there is no need to worry. Our team at Wurkr has come up with a list of everything businesses and their employees need to know before working hybridly.
Tips for companies:
- Understand the benefits of hybrid working
Working from a remote location isn't for everyone. Not everyone is able to work from home full-time. Nonetheless, according to a Gartner study, 48 % of employees anticipate to work remotely after the pandemic, up from 30 % before the pandemic. While widespread adoption of remote working is unlikely, it appears that the regular 9-to-5 office day is no longer adequate. Hybrid working is the perfect solution for embracing the new normal while keeping your employees happy. This is evident in the findings of the ‘Resetting Normal: Defining the New Era of Work' survey by Addeco Group UK and Ireland. The survey found that 77% of employees favour hybrid working, and 79 % believe that firms should provide more flexibility in how and where their employees can work. Hybrid working not only gives employees added flexibility but also allows companies to reap the environmental, productivity and financial benefits that increased levels of remote working offer.
- Define your company’s hybrid working policy!
Now that you have realised the benefits of hybrid working, it is time to figure out what it means to you. Employers and employees alike are big fans of hybrid working due to the flexibility it offers. However, this flexibility can often be misinterpreted as there are many interpretations of hybrid working. Will all of your employees be working hybridly? How many hybrid working days will there be per week? Will you have some compulsory in-office days? Make sure you have clearly laid out your hybrid working policy to your employees before the switch. It may even be a good idea to find out what your employees would prefer by creating a survey. This insight can help you decide on working days and hours so that your policy works for them.
Defining your company’s hybrid working policy is not only important for your current employees. Potential hires should also know how the company is structured and whether or not your policy will be compatible with their goals and work preferences.
- What tools will you be using?
Remote working can be problematic without the help of virtual tools. Lack of communication, isolation and the inability to switch off are all common symptoms of the infamous ‘Zoom Fatigue’. Luckily, Wurkr allows you to enjoy the benefits of hybrid working without the cons of remote working. By creating a virtual office, your employees can work together from anywhere - just like they would in a traditional office. Not only does that allow your employees to work remotely, but those in the office can easily communicate with their remote colleagues at the click of the button. Therefore, workers can work hybridly in a way that suits their lifestyles without hindering team communication and productivity. Sign up today to start working hybridly here.
Tips for employees:
- Figure out what works for you
Now that your company has set out its hybrid working policy, it is time to see how it works for you. Are you able to choose your remote working days? If so, which weekdays would work best for you and enable you to be most productive? Perhaps you have childcare commitments on a wednesday afternoon or want to be able to attend an earlier work out class at your local gym… Whatever your situation, organise your remote working days to allow you to make the most of your time saved by booting the commute.
We hope that these tips will help both companies and employees make the most of their hybrid working experience. Do you have any other tips or questions about working hybridly? Connect with Wurkr on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube to share your comments