Introduction

Remote working began as a short-term solution brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. As time went on, companies found varying levels of remote working which worked for them. As ‘lockdown’ continued in some parts of the world, some companies have chosen to remain entirely remote; while contrastively others have chosen to move entirely back to in-person working, however most companies have chosen some varying form of virtual/in person hybrid solution

 

Hybrid Working

 

Hybrid working in this context, refers to some combination of in-office work and remote working. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, remote working  became part of the new normal and it seems like elements of  it may be here to stay. Lenka, (2021) identified three types of Hybrid work models:

Remote first model

Office Occasional

Office first, remote allowed

 

Risks and Benefits to Hybrid Working

Hybrid working is cost effective. Employers save money on power consumption, office cleanliness, printing, snacks and many other expenses. Employees save money on the price of petrol, travel time, food and other expenses. Whilst considering all these opportunities remote working presents, we also need to consider some of the risks associated with remote working. More risks and benefits are considered in the full whitepaper.

 

Implementing a Hybrid Work Environment

 

Benjamin, (2020) looked specifically at the benefits of working from home. This research led her to consider the benefits of implementing an effective and trust-based Hybrid work model.  It is believed that a model that fosters trust leads to better retention rates, better employee satisfaction, and better productivity.

 

Productivity in a Hybrid Workplace

 

Graton, (2020) discusses axes for Hybrid work. Specifically, she speaks about the Axes of Place and time. The first axis she speaks about is place. Historically the place of work has been an office space, separate and distinct from your home space.

The four (4) Principles of a Hybrid Workplace:

Place Principles:

1. Design the Office for Cooperation

2.  Make Working from Home a Source of Energy

Time Principles:

1.    Let Asynchronous Time Boost Focus

2.  Enable Synchronised Time to Be the Basis of Coordination

 

Employee Engagement in a Hybrid Workplace

 

Whilst researching the above factors, it seems that the hybrid workspace is already productive and efficient and the lack lies in employee engagement. But Guttman and Nayak, (2020) have found a variety of opportunities to drive engagement in a virtual world.

 

 

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