The terms “hybrid,” “remote,” and “virtual” have quickly become the words of the year. This being said, some companies are just now starting to incorporate hybrid work models in their companies, which is a work policy in which some employees work from home, while others return in person. Some companies offer a hybrid remote work model, where you would attend in person on set days and stay remote for the remaining days. Other businesses are taking a different approach and assigning some teams to in-person locations, and other units to remote work. Surprisingly enough, there is also a third option that some industries are taking, which is giving their employees a choice. So, whether you’re being scheduled to work on a rotating schedule, a fixed schedule either at work or at home, or you have the opportunity to decide for yourself, this article will prepare you for the new experience to come.
Balance seems to be the key to life: it’s found in almost every religion, culture, and in human nature and acts as a natural rule of existence. The same goes for a hybrid work model; whichever of the three ways your company or business decides to apply, balance is the key. If your employer offers a rotating schedule, most balance aspects are already set up for you, with selected days for working in both settings. If your company assigns you or your team to either stay at home or in person, you are going to have to take charge of finding your own balance, whether that be requesting a different schedule or finding other places to work (in the office or at home). If you can decide for yourself, a good combination of both is always a median option that can also help you decide your location plans for the future.
Productivity and Motivation
Like balance, productivity is one of the most important aspects of work. If put on a rotating schedule, your productivity should remain mediocre, as the change of scenery will decrease redundancy. If you find yourself to be increasingly valuable to your job while staying at home, then consider staying at home if given the choice, and vice versa. If you are still tempted to try going back to the workplace, then offer to go in a few times a week to test your yield. If you see positive results, consider going back in person part time. If you are not given a choice, consider the pros and cons that each setting might bring.
What to Expect
Upon switching to a hybrid work schedule, expectations can differ depending on the type of hybrid work. If your employer is using a rotating schedule, then you can expect to be sorted into “cohorts” or groups that define who goes in on the same days each week or month. You will most likely always go in or stay home with the same people in your cohort, so you can expect to see the same faces when working at the office or conferencing through a computer screen. If your company decides to place you either at work or at home for a definite amount of time, you can expect relationships and connections to change. If you return to the office, you will strengthen bonds with your bosses and coworkers and most likely receive more feedback and praise regarding your work. If you work at home, while you have the opportunity to work in a calm setting, there may be some opportunities passing you by that are only available for employees working in person.
Many companies have made the difficult yet necessary decision to decrease many, if not all, of their employees’ salaries. However, with coronavirus conditions improving and many safety concerns no longer being as much of a risk, employers have started paying employees more to work in person, even if that only includes a few days out of the week. While this doesn’t pertain to all companies, many do offer this as well as an extra bonus for showing up. If the entire company is moving to hybrid, income, profit, and general salaries are also likely to increase.
If your work location is left for you to decide, then considering all of your assets, options, and important factors that are unique to your own lifestyle is important when making a choice. However, if that decision is made for you, expect to see an increase in your salary regardless of your work location, as well as different relationships and connections with coworkers, bosses, and other employees. Expect things to change, but to switch to something closer to what “normal” used to mean.
Do you prefer the hybrid workforce model or do you prefer everyone to be in the office at all times so you don’t have to always communicate with your colleagues over Zoom? It’s really down to personal preference but remote working has become more popular in recent years.