In the past blogs we have been discussing what employees think how future offices will look like. Most of them prefer “hybrid offices'' for the future, and we also covered why employees value that a lot. In this blog, we will go in-depth about Hybrid Workplace.
What is actually a Hybrid Workplace?
A hybrid office structure is a business model that combines remote working with onsite office working. Different from the traditional working model, where employees must be at the office 40-hours per week, a hybrid culture has more freedom and autonomy for employees. Since it is combining remote and office work, they can decide when and where to work. Employees’ work agenda is usually balanced with their personal lives, which allows them to structure their “office hours” in a flexible manner instead of basing it on a fixed schedule (or the usual 9-5 timeframe).
Hybrid offices are arranged differently between organisations, which initially depends on the managers, employees, and the company’s needs. However, it still covers the main concept of utilising the resources of the physical office building and the flexibility of working remotely. With that said, there will be some employees who will work onsite, while others can choose to come and go as they want, with their own reasons. There are multiple ways to organise employees’ agenda: They can schedule specific days (e.g., work in the office only on Mondays and Fridays) or specific time (e.g., work in the office every day from 11-15.00 – Usually works for parents who need to drop and pick up their children from school). They can also have a more flexible approach of only being at the office if there are meetings with clients or summit events with the board of the company.
In essence, a hybrid workplace model aims to provide employees with the benefits of both working from home and in the office. As a result, this can provide better work-life balance and productivity.
What do Employees want?
In a survey by the Boston Consulting Group, it revealed that 75% of employees who worked remotely during the lockdown claimed that they are at least as productive in completing their individual tasks as they were before the pandemic. When it comes to collaborative tasks, slightly more than half of employees claimed that they were able to maintain their productivity with others. The results implies that employees’ productivity should not be questioned even though they work from home. However, since they are able to stay productive both from home and in the office, many employees prefer an environment where they can combine both venues, hence a hybrid working culture. This can be proven from numerous studies. A study from Stanford shows that in the US, 55% of employees prefer to have a mix of office and home working environment.
In response, companies start to adjust their workplace to fit the employees’ demand. According to the study by CIPD, organisations and employers are preparing for a flexible future. 66% plan to adjust their policies to enable more home working for their employees. Finally, a study by Microsoft also revealed that in China there will be a 60-40 split of working onsite and remotely.
The workplace and its culture will look different in the near future. As employees, it is important to be informed and aware of the innovation. Stay tuned on our channel as we will provide more contents regarding the hybrid workplace.