The onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic taught the world a lot of lessons. The value of life, the value of safety, the value of preparedness, and in business world, the value of hybrid work.
Because of the COVID horrors that might follow due to in-person contact, lockdowns separated many managers and employees from their physical workplace. This gave spotlight to the pre-existing but not wholly valued work setup – remote, or hybrid.
Hybrid work is a work model which puts prime on flexibility and supports a blend between traditional office and remote reporting. It can come as four policies, mainly hybrid at-will, hybrid split-week, hybrid manager-scheduling, or hybrid mix. Hybrid at-will fully depends on the employees and their autonomy towards their schedule. Split-week has assignments on when and where employees report. Manager-scheduling, on the other hand, places central decision-making on managers. The mix is a combination of all three.
Now that the issues of the coronavirus are being handled better by society and the world at large, it’s expected that many are going to return to traditional work setups. Interestingly, some companies actually are choosing to continue hybridity over what used to be. This is because the hybrid setup has given testament to increased productivity, despite the ongoings of the pandemic. This makes us ask – why is hybrid work accepted, preferred, and wanted by employees?
1. Cost-efficient and time-saving – Employees do get to save time when they’re not required to go work physically. Commuting in the Philippines sometimes require people to travel 2-3 hours in advance for work. Hybrid work eliminates that routine, at least for a few days a week. No commuting means getting to save transportation fares, too.
2. Increased productivity – Employees get to choose to work when and where. With exceptions to fixed schedules like meetings, employees actually get their job done whenever and wherever they feel the most comfortable – thereby making productivity levels soar up a few notches.
3. Improved work-life balance – The perception on autonomy gives employees better mindset and better grasp on their daily routines. This helps individuals find and set their own pace and balance overall in their lives.
There still are pros and cons of adapting and/or staying with the hybrid setup. But if there’s any positive thing to seek for in a post-coronavirus world, hybridity in work setting might probably be one of them. It gives employees autonomy, promotes balance, and increases productivity.