Hybrid Working Model: The New Way of Working
A hybrid work model combines on-site working with remote working, but there are a variety of ways this can be achieved. Usually, the hybrid work model involves an employee working several days in the week at home and a few days in the office, but the number of days spent at each venue can vary.
This variance can be separated into three main types of hybrid work models, depending on how many days are spent at each work venue. These three main models of hybrid working include both a ‘remote first’ focus and an ‘office first’ focus, as well as an ‘office occasional’ which is a compromise of the other two. More specific hybrid work models can be devised, but here we will focus on these three main types.
‘Remote First’ Hybrid Working Model
A ‘remote first’ model involves employees primarily working from home. This was the initial hybrid work model introduced during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that we are allowed back into the office, many employees prefer to continue working remotely, and many companies are obliging to this new way of working.
This model doesn’t mean employees never go into the office, just that they will only go in when necessary. In practice, that could mean going into the office once or twice every month, or even as regularly as once or twice a week, as and when the need arises.
‘Office First’ Model
Many companies still prefer that their employees work in the office but are sensitive to the preference of some employees to have some remote working options. This can result in the ‘office first’ model and a working week spent mostly in the office, but with certain employees given the freedom to work from home on a limited number of days.
‘Office Occasional’ Working Model
The ‘office occasional’ model allows employees to spend significant amounts of time working from home but requires them in the office for in-person meetings and for some employee team-building activities. Usually this model involves employees coming into the office for either one or two days a week and working remotely for the rest of the week. The days an employee must come into the office are also flexible and will be determined by whatever meetings and activities have been arranged for each week.
How to Succeed with Hybrid Working
Implementing a successful hybrid work policy requires a clearly defined set of expectations. You must understand what work is better carried out in-person and what tasks can be completed remotely and ensure everyone knows who is working on what. The schedule for who is in the office and who is working remotely must always be tightly organized so there is the right mix of people on site at any one time.
Also remember to listen to feedback and adjust and improve the policy as you go along.
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