Hybrid working, where employees have the advantage of a split working policy between the office and home, has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years. This is mainly due to the lockdowns and the increased need for flexibility, as well as employees and employers realizing the need for a more balanced approach.
As we emerge from restrictions, we’ll explore how hybrid working will pave the way for businesses and employees. Let’s take a look at how workplaces can adapt and navigate this new norm.
What exactly does hybrid working mean?
The mix of on-site and home working can look very different across various industries. Some businesses might offer an equal split, whereas others might leave the option in the hands of their staff – allowing them to choose how often they can work from the office.
Businesses should consider their needs and productivity as well as that of their employees. Providing staff with the right equipment for their job is also imperative, regardless of where they are working.
Evaluate the space
Hybrid working means office and home equipment needs to reflect the needs of employees. On-site meeting rooms need access to conference facilities such as projectors to allow the inclusion of remote workers. Pod-style rooms are becoming increasingly popular with employees wanting the privacy and freedom to move around the office and take part in internal and external meetings via video calls.
Another popular change in the workplace is the creation of relaxation rooms, brainstorming areas, and spaces for lunch breaks. This allows for versatility, especially in large areas, and gives employees the opportunity to break up their working day whilst on-site.
For some businesses, this might mean a rather large change to their current office building or set-up. If adaptations need to be made to create a more inclusive environment, it could be worth using a temporary building to house your on-site staff while these are implemented.
Whilst there are many jobs that can be carried out remotely, not every role has the same flexibility. Hybrid working has led to a hot-desking culture, and businesses should be mindful of prioritizing desks and space for those who cannot work from home.
Companies should also be careful not to take advantage of office workers by giving them an increased workload just because they might be easier to communicate with.
However, hybrid working looks for your business, make sure you evaluate your company’s, and your employee needs to create a flexible environment that works for everyone.