Looking ahead, organizations must consider what employees want if a satisfied workforce is a goal. That includes adopting a hybrid work arrangement long-term.
This term is one you’ve likely heard but still might not know exactly what it means. A hybrid work model is one that is location-flexible.
That is, it provides employees to combine remote and in-office work based on what is best for workers and employers. Rather than following a set example, the hybrid model looks different for each organization.
If you are unsure what your employees prefer, it may be helpful to get a sense of it through a survey. Be sure to ask questions that help you determine the demand for hybrid work and what type of model to incorporate into your organization.
A recent survey of 1,000 US workers unveiled interesting insights into what they prefer. For example, 74% of those who have remote jobs would like to be at the office at least one day a week after the pandemic ends. In terms of the age group most in favor of the hybrid work model, it is the 18-34 group.
Other research also supports the push for a hybrid work environment amongst global workers, including this2021 study. Of the 9,000 people respondents, hailing from around the world, a whopping 83% of them indicated wanting a hybrid approach.
This latter survey also found that many companies have already responded to this preference. Over half (63%) of high-growth businesses have embraced a “productivity anywhere” workforce model.
Of course, a hybrid work environment can only be effective if employees have what they need to thrive where they perform their jobs. For example, they must have access to quality resources necessary for carrying out work functions, whether onsite or not. If you are unsure precisely what your team needs, why not ask them? Consider surveying your employees to find out what they require for their work setup.
Virtual collaborations must also occur to help workers feel a sense of connection while working remotely and efficiently complete team projects. Talcura’s software provides a central place for HR professionals to communicate with one another, job applicants, and new hires.
Being at their best also involves organizations creating a fair and equitable company culture. That involves ensuring those who have remote jobs have equal access to collaboration tools and providing the same standards of performance for all employees.
Hybrid work takes many forms, as the discussion above shows so clearly. The best one for your company will depend on what is optimal for employers and employees.
When building the hybrid model, establish new policies and best practices relating to it so that employees clearly know what to expect and the requirements of them. Be consistent with your organization’s core values and continue to collect feedback from workers to create a successful hybrid work environment.