Hybrid Work Model: Apt For Business During The Pandemic Era?


The pandemic have carved the way for flexible work environment. Organizations were prompted to adopt remote working on massive scale. Employees experienced a better work-life balance and their productivity and efficiency improved.

Recently as people started to live as per the new normal, a hybrid works model has seen a steep rise. Hybrid work model is one where employees have the flexibility to work a part of their week from home and the remainder from office. It is a rigid model, where some employees can take up complete remote working, few can accommodate a mix of both, and the rest can have in office work. These adjustments can be done as per internal understandings.

Hybrid model was adopted in Synchrony Financial, in New York they informed their employees that they are limited to working for a maximum of four days in office. Hybrid work model does have a positive impact on its employees. Keeping in mind the benefits of hybrid work model, we assume that in the next coming years this will be adopted by many companies across the world;

1) Work- life balance: One of the major benefits is the work-life balance this model offers. This balance is vital for any healthy work environment. This prevents burnouts and minimizes stress which can negatively impact employees’ mental health. Any organization that maintains a healthy work-life balance maintains a healthy and more productive workforce. A hybrid workforce is perfect for achieving this balance.
2) Boost for recruitment and retention: According to a hybrid work global survey, hybrid work model helps talent recruitment. With this model, there is an ease in hiring as earlier there were geographical limitations. Today you can recruit from different parts of the world, as hybrid model gives this flexibility. This way the best talent can be acquired for your organization.
3) Opportunity for continuous learning: Since only a portion of the week is utilized at work in office, the rest of the time employees can upgrade their skills. They can partake in continuous learning outside the hustle of work. They can work on achieving their personal goal that can lead to better job performance, and growth prospects.
4) Increased Productivity: Productivity increases when there is greater flexibility, increased focus while working, and reduced absenteeism. This is possible in a hybrid work model. It minimizes distractions that come along busy office setup, and employees can work from any location at any time. It also reduces absenteeism due to increased engagement. Employees can balance their work schedule for days when they need to be equipped with collaboration tools.
5) Improved employee-management trust: When working in a hybrid work model, employees can gain trust of their employers by showing them that they are just as productive even while working from home. It helps builds staff loyalty by helping employees feel empowered by management to complete their work on their own terms. It allows freedom to balance work with personal tasks and errands that they need to attend to. Staff who feel trusted and respected are more likely to stay engaged at work and with the organization for a longer time. Managers know how staff members are performing and achieving milestones when they are either in office or working remotely. With this information, managers can address low or underperforming employees while rewarding the high performance employees.

Hybrid work models have a lot of benefits that helps employees and organizations across. Following this model will benefit the organization and lead to better productivity.