Work flexibility is consistently cited as a post-pandemic trend, and many employers are introducing hybrid work models in their plans. A hybrid workplace is a flexible model designed to support a workforce of both on-site and remote employees.
In some arrangements, employees are on-site on set days. In other cases, employees may be able to request a specific schedule. Employers may also consider whether certain departments or roles need to work on-site or can be just as effective working remotely full-time.
Challenges of Hybrid Models
Like any new initiative or strategy, a hybrid workplace also has its challenges. Employees will be collaborating from varying locations and may even be using new technologies, impacting an organization’s culture and operations. However, employers can reduce the prevalence or impact of such challenges by being intentional about decisions.
Tips to Consider
A thoughtful hybrid workplace approach combines the best aspects of an organization’s on-site and remote workplaces. To best accommodate a distributed workplace, consider the following tips:
- Set clear expectations for which employees are eligible for hybrid work, and be transparent about any decisions.
- Formalize hybrid work request processes.
- Plan meetings that best accommodate all employees.
- Consider how project management and communication channels can foster companywide collaboration.
- Ask for and listen to feedback from employees.
Every organization will be different, and the practical application of a hybrid model will need to be what’s best for both employers and the overall employee experience.