Hybrid working demand is accelerating since the global pandemic, and employee attitudes have changed. To stay competitive, attract and retain the best talent, you must avoid these 5 Big Mistakes. Discover why you should care.
Hybrid working is simply the combination of partly working from home and at other times in the workplace. But remote working is not a new concept. So what has changed?
There is no getting away from the fact that the global pandemic has forced new ways of working. As a consequence, attitudes have changed, many businesses have pivoted and adapted, and the world has moved on. Of course, the government anticipated a return to work after lifting most of the Covid-19 restrictions. However, it is highly unlikely that pre-pandemic methods will remain the same.
Is Hybrid Working a Partial Return to Work?
Employees may view hybrid working as a partial return to work. Whereas, for some work is not the issue, their concern may be the workplace.
Evidently, it is interesting that many firms have not insisted staff return to their workplace. As an example, this may be due to:
- There are cost benefits for employers.
- Improved staff performance is a reality.
- Responding to employee expectations.
- Greater familiarity of digital technology enabling remote or hybrid working.
- Demand for flexible working has increased.
- Some employees have adapted to working from home and prefer it.
Hybrid working has accelerated ever since the pandemic forced many to use digital technology for the first time. Consequently, things have certainly changed in the new world of work!
Research that Demonstrates Employer Attitudes
Employers that Expect Employees to Return to Work
Employers' Views About Employee Take-up
Note: Most employers do not expect a return to pre-pandemic working practices.
Source: Willis Towers Watson
Hybrid Working Benefits
Benefits for Employers
For employers, the hybrid component of the new world of work provides opportunities for the following three key benefits:
- Providing a flexible working arrangement, attracting and retaining staff boosts morale, improves your brand value, and reduces recruitment costs. To clarify, many employees and potential job candidates want to spend some of their working week at home.
- Improved morale means happy and more productive staff. Therefore you can benefit from improved productivity as well as savings in precious management time.
- Hybrid working can significantly reduce office space, which means lower property and energy costs.
Benefits for Employees
The benefits and implications for employees when hybrid working are many and varied. For example, consider employees who for the first time had to work at home during the pandemic. Many discovered that:
- They concentrate better and get more work done at home.
- The savings in travelling time and costs have a significant positive impact on their home budgets.
- Flexible working hours overcome what would otherwise be a conflict, such as with school runs. In other words, employees can do some work outside of regular office hours to get the job done. In fact, many are more productive as they do not have the ad-hoc office interruptions such as corridor conversations or impromptu meetings.
- Less travel time means being less absent from their family.
A Quick Reality Check
After easing of Covid-19 restrictions and return to work, not everyone working at home will be keen to continue doing so, even on a hybrid basis, especially those with a lot of distractions at home.
As with any transformational change management, there will be some issues to consider. SVC cover five of the biggest mistakes below.
The 5 Big Hybrid Working Mistakes to Avoid
Communication and Collaboration
Fairness and Equal Opportunities
Remote Office Equipment
Health and Safety
Recruitment and Training
Hybrid working and the new world of work are here to stay, so things will be different.
Transformational change inevitably means some employers and employees alike, may be unsettled about working remotely.
If rolling out hybrid working seems daunting to you, SVC Solutions can help you with:
- Human Resources and Health & Safety advice and policies.
- Leadership and Management Training and Development.
- Mental Health Awareness training, plus Introduction to First Aid for Mental Health, and Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace for Managers.
- Training in Managing Virtual Teams, Resilience and Self Care, and Workplace Wellness.
- Recruiting the right people with the experience in new skills and systems you need.
Get Hybrid Working Help
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