Hybrid: The Good & The Ugly

Updated: Sep 17

With constant changes in pandemic restrictions, companies have had the opportunity to test out two different work practices this past year: remote and hybrid. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each type.


Pros:


1. Emphasis on productivity:


Employers can create their schedules when working at home, creating a positive work-life balance. Simultaneously, in the office, employees can collaborate on hands-on projects along with the support of their managers.


2. Prioritizes wellbeing:


Hybrid methods allow employees to focus on their wellbeing by working at their own pace and schedules. Doing so means that employees will be happier, more engaged and more productive in return.


3. Lowered costs:


Companies that downsize their offices as hybrid workplaces often have rotating schedules for their employees, meaning not all employees will be in the office at the same time.


Cons:


1. Unequal treatment between remote & in-office workers:


In-office workers who cannot work remotely may be presented with more challenges as they are constantly overseen in person by their managers. Employees in both a remote and in-office environment can also experience company culture differences instilled by both methods. Such cultures can severely impact the relationships between remote employees and in-office employees.


2. Possibility of burnout:


Working from home may force employees to work late at night or during weekends, as they worry that their managers suspect that they are slacking during regular work hours.


3. Increased use of digital tools:


Working from both home and the office means that all work is organized into digital platforms. The switch to using digital tools entirely may cause some anxiety amongst employees. With incorporating new digital tools into a hybrid setting, companies will face many challenges, such as training employees and introducing digital technologies to replace traditional practices in the workplace (board meetings including both in-person and remote employees).


Are you a manager or company who is having difficulty with either a remote or hybrid work setting and want to keep your employees engaged with either? We can help.


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Feedback from employees is essential during these critical times in order to repair the damage that the pandemic has had on employees and the future of their careers. If you are a manager who has difficulty managing remote or hybrid employees, schedule a call with our team today to customize a solution for you!


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Citations:

  1. Howe, Bobby. All the Pros and Cons of Hybrid Working & What They Mean for Your Business. Retrieved June 15, 2021, from https://www.ringcentral.co.uk/gb/en/blog/all-the-pros-and-cons-of-hybrid-working-what-they-mean-for-your-business/





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