Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations had tested the waters with a hybrid working model.
It’s not a concept that just arrived on the scene. It’s just that with the pandemic, many organizations were forced to adopt a remote work culture. Employees were working from different cities oreven countries. But as we begin a slow but steady return to the office, organizations are looking at a hybrid working model for the long run.
Read on to learn the meaning of a hybrid working model and why it’s here to stay.
What Is A Hybrid Workplace Model?
It’s not every day we get to rethink how we work. Processes are in place for decades before something happens to prompt a change. The pandemic was one such push that nudged everyone to reimagine the pace at which we work. From putting in overtime every day to a three-day in-office, two-day at-home hybrid work culture, things are slowly changing.
Organizational leadership is responsible for assessing best practices in work culture to maximize time and leverage skills. Whether employees are working from home or office, they must be able to balance the two.
A hybrid working model allows you to plan your days in advance. For example, you can keep the tasks that require a quiet room for home and meetings or routine tasks for the office. There are several ways to make the most of this new organizational culture. Many organizations may just return to a full-time in-office work style, but many more will stick to a hybrid model.
The Good And Bad Of The Hybrid Working Model
A hybrid work culture means flexibility. Flexibility to choose when you want to work from home and where you have the freedom to plan your schedule. It also means flexibility to go to the office for work that requires in-person meetings.
When you’re either fully in-office or fully remote, you don’t get the autonomy to make your own decisions. But with a hybrid work culture, you get a chance to control some aspects of your professional life. If you’re easily distracted, you may not like working from home. In this case, going to the office is a better option. To navigate between these two different set-ups, a hybrid culture is the way to go.
A rigid professional environment not only affects you personally but also dampens your creativity. Having the freedom to think for yourself can really add to your job satisfaction.
A McKinsey report on the future of work claims that employees don’t necessarily know what they want—work-from-home or in-office or hybrid. This may be because there’s no clear line of communication from employers on their future of work. Immediate changes like three-day in-office work weeks may not be the answer. For longevity and a sense of stability, it’s important to clearly communicate what the future holds.
The hybrid working model may be effective for now, but it may change in the future. It’s important to listen to employees before making decisions. The best way forward is to be flexible when it comes to organizational structure and culture.
Paving The Way For The Future Of Work
Many organizations prefer if employees are in office throughout the week. However, if we’ve learned one thing during the pandemic, it’s that meetings don’t have to be in-person. An email is just as effective—sometimes even more.
What works and what doesn’t may change. Flexibility, choice and freedom will help organizations cater to employee needs and vice versa. Together, organizations and employees can pave the way for the future of work.
Workplace Codes Of Conduct
How an organization functions is up to the management. It’s your job to decode whether you’ll be a good fit. How do you optimize your work life? It’s by choosing a place with values, mission and goals that align with yours. There’s a lot more to your workplace than the job you do. Harappa’s Navigating Workplaces course will teach you how to navigate the nitty-gritty of office life.
From power and politics to essential skills for professional success, our course has been designed to cater to your career needs. Our Culture Fit tool will enable you to assess where you belong so you can find a place you can identify with. Learn to collaborate and work with your team effectively and efficiently.
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