Are you ready for Hybrid Working?

10/04/2021

Overview

As we are slowly becoming used to a post-pandemic world, the transition from working from home full-time to returning to a busy workplace with colleagues every day is going to be a gradual one, or may never happen completely. So, something that bridges the gap - the concept of hybrid working - is emerging.

As we are slowly becoming used to a post-pandemic world, as restrictions on daily- life activities are being lifted and many people feel they are at less risk from COVID, companies are beginning to encourage their employees to return to their offices. However, the transition from working from home full-time to returning to a busy workplace with colleagues every day is going to be a gradual one, or may never happen completely.

The affect of the pandemic accelerated the necessity and acceptance of remote working as a way for companies to continue managing their business, to enable staff to do the same job at home that they previously did in the office.

Many people have adapted to this new way of working, and have recognised some of the advantages it brings, such as eliminating the daily commute. Others have accepted it as an interim solution and are eager to return to the camaraderie and energy of the office, where co-worker relationship building is an important part of their work-life.

So, something that bridges the gap – the concept of hybrid working – is emerging. The idea is not new: there are many companies who supported the idea of a flexible working arrangement in the past, where some employees could work from their homes occasionally, but this was not the norm. However, it is now becoming a popular option for both companies and their employees, allowing for flexibility and more freedom to choose when and where to work.

A knock-on effect also involves a re-thinking of the office environment. Work-place specialists have commented that people will go into their offices for tasks and projects that require collaboration, like meetings and brainstorming sessions. Offices may be designed with more collaborative spaces and shared working areas instead of individual desks. On the contrary, there will be tasks where employees feel they can work more productively at home, are less distracted by colleagues, and can be more autonomous.

Who knows what the office of 2022 will look like, but polls* suggest that hybrid working is the preference for most companies and employees. Are you or your company ready for this?

Here at class-e we embrace the hybrid approach: it is a great example of how a combination of individual and group/collaborative training, in-person and online coaching, involving synchronous and asynchronous study, can give you or your employees the best of both worlds

* https://www.adeccogroup.com/future-of-work/latest-research/reset-normal/

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