What Is Hybrid Work and Is It for Me?
Because flexible work has grown in popularity, you likely know someone who works some days at their workplace and other days elsewhere, such as at home. Hybrid work arrangements vary depending on the needs of the organization, but they typically follow one of four structures; flexible, fixed, office-first, or remote-first.
The hybrid work approach often boosts employee satisfaction and increases employee productivity. That said, some workers find working away from the workplace to be isolating. Others feel they are missing out on the possibility of being noticed for a promotion. The arrangement isn’t for everyone, getting to know your own work style is key to finding the right position.
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Flexible or Fixed Hybrid Work Models
When it is up to the employee if they work at home or in the office, it is a flexible work model. Often, in these arrangements, where the work is done is connected to the tasks of the day. So if a worker needs to focus on an assignment or has a checklist of things they need to accomplish, they may work from home so as to not be interrupted. But if there is a team meeting or there is a project that requires ongoing discussion between employees, they will spend the day in the office.
Fixed models are similar to flexible arrangements except set days for working offsite are scheduled. If an entire team is engaging in hybrid work, a fixed model can be beneficial when interdepartmental projects are the norm. Then, for example, one or more team members will always be onsite if another department needs support.
Office-First or Remote-First
Some organizations opt for an office-first model, in which workers are expected to be at the worksite but do have the flexibility to work remotely occasionally. The off-site work time would need to be approved by their manager.
If a business does not have a physical office space, remote-first hybrid work is typically put in place. Then employees will work remotely, at home or in coffee shops, the majority of the time. But if there is the need for a team meeting or training session, everyone agrees to meet at a co-working site or other designated team building space.
While there were already businesses who had hybrid work arrangements in place before the pandemic, the practice is becoming more and more common. When virtual work became ubiquitous during stay-at-home orders, some organizations learned that these approaches have benefits for both the employer and the employee.
Many employees report hybrid work because it is the best of both worlds. They enjoy working from home and eliminating their commute, yet they are still part of a group and have access to days with their coworkers for collaboration and team building. If you are interested in a flexible work model, temporary employment could be a path to learning about which companies offer these arrangements.
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