Covid-19 in the workplace and Hybrid working
Blog Posted: Friday 18th June 2021 by
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way that businesses operated overnight. All of a sudden, nobody could go into the office anymore and everybody was forced to adapt to working from home immediately. Although this was a challenge, many people saw the benefits. A lot of people are more productive when working from home and businesses save money on their running costs.
Some people predict that this change will stay forever, and the traditional office will die out. However, as things start getting back to normal, many businesses are adopting a hybrid model instead.
What is Hybrid Working?
Hybrid working simply means that employees spend some of the time working from home and some of the time in the office. The split will all depend on the business and how their employees like to work, but it is estimated that people will spend around 60% of the time in the office and 40% of the time at home. Employees will also be given more freedom in general, meaning that they can set their own hours and decide when they come into the office. This means that businesses and their employees essentially get the best of both worlds. As we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is likely that the future of the workplace is hybrid.
What are the benefits of Hybrid working?
There are a number of benefits to hybrid working, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. At the moment, safety in the office is a key concern. It is important that you maintain social distancing in the office, and this is easier if fewer people are in the office at one time. Being set up for home working also means that people can maintain productivity if they are forced to self-isolate.
Beyond the pandemic, hybrid working is beneficial because it can increase productivity. Flexible working has been shown to increase productivity and reduce stress in your employees because they know when and how they work best. It is also easier to manage your work-life balance and avoid burnout when your hours are more flexible.
Hybrid working benefits businesses too because it helps with employee recruitment and retention. A study of over 3000 employees showed that fewer than 1 in 10 people want to return to the office full-time. Businesses that are not willing to offer hybrid working options will struggle with high turnover issues in the future.
What are the challenges of Hybrid working?
Moving forward, businesses must be ready to face the challenges associated with hybrid working. Adopting new technology is crucial to the success of hybrid working but many businesses face technology challenges that affect productivity. It is important that you provide adequate training to ensure that your team can use tools effectively.
Leadership and communication challenges are incredibly common too. When people are not in the office, you have to make more of an effort to lead your team. Communication tools can help with this, but you also need to ensure you get plenty of one-to-one time with team members when they are in the office.
Although the transition to hybrid working may be difficult for businesses, it will ultimately lead to increased productivity and reduced employee turnover. Companies that are not willing to adapt to the new normal are likely to struggle in the future.