HACKING A HYBRID FUTURE OF WORKING

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Written by Serena Faverio, HR manager

By now we’re well aware of all the pros of remote working, right? We’ve seen firsthand how it can be good for productivity and flexibility, but on the other hand, after experiencing the joys of it for months on end, we’ve also seen how it can sometimes be quite isolating. Many companies today are grappling with a new reality that combines the best of both the in-office and the remote work experience. A hybrid model is likely set to be the new norm for many of us.

One of our basic psychological needs is to belong, which is partly why, as humans, we found lockdown so tough. We wanted to be out with our friends, in our communities, and, even with our teams at work. Thanks to technology, we could get by – we all had endless zoom calls with our friends and team calls with our coworkers. But as we soon learned, it’s easier to feel that sense of belonging in person rather than through screens. Nonetheless, now that we’ve demonstrated that we can work and even thrive remotely, not everyone is in a rush to get back to the office 5 days a week either. 

As humans we love to have a sense of choice. In every course of life, we don’t like having only one option presented to us. According to EY more than half of employees globally would even quit their jobs if not provided flexibility in our post-pandemic future. A hybrid model offers companies the valuable contact time that helps us thrive, and the flexibility of remote work when needed. 

According to Accenture, over 83 percent of us prefer a combined model of in-person and remote working. It has clearly become the preferred model of work. It’s not just an easier way of working, but arguably a more sustainable one for both business and individual performance. Why, you might wonder? 

TRUST

One distinct advantage of embracing a hybrid model of work that is often left out of the conversation is that by empowering employees, it fosters a sense of trust within a company. One-size-fits-all never really suits everyone, but if we design our work around people, organisations are more likely to cater to their employees’ real needs. In turn, employees will feel safer and more secure in their roles, enjoying a greater sense of trust from their employers. If employees only feel trusted in an in-person environment, both their loyalty and happiness will suffer, which simply isn’t sustainable for either the employee or the organisation itself. 

WELLBEING

Being in the office 100% of the time can be draining, while working from the ‘comfort’ of one’s own home 5 days a week bears the potential of throwing your work-life balance off kilter. A hybrid model helps you reach that sweet spot, with 42 percent of hybrid employees saying it improves their work-life balance, and 34 percent saying it improves their mental health. The stress of the daily commute is minimised by going hybrid, and that frees more time for everyone. According to CIPD, this reclaimed time has afforded workers more time for family, friends, and exercise, all of which contribute to better wellbeing as well as higher levels of motivation. 

HAPPY EMPLOYEES = MOTIVATED TEAMS 

Today, burnout is an inescapable issue for every company, regardless of the business they’re in. In many cases, the pandemic stopping us all in our tracks was a lightbulb moment for those who had been hurtling towards burnout. Many of us realised that the way we had been working before wasn’t sustainable, while many others simply found better ways of working that left them feeling more fulfilled and better motivated. With the flexibility of a hybrid working model, employees are given extra space to breathe in between busy working days at the office, while benefiting from face-to-face collaboration on the days they do go in. Going hybrid isn’t about disconnecting from your team, but re-energising for the valuable time you do spend together. 

At Hatch, we are committed to being a great place to work, whether that’s in-person or not. We want to utilise our hybrid model to the best of its potential and continue to champion a supportive working environment for all our employees. A hybrid future is one that will work for us, rather than against us. By embracing it, we empower our colleagues to work to their best potential whether that’s at home or in the office. 

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