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Splitting time between home and the office is becoming the new normal, and many workers have become accustomed to the flexibility of the hybrid work schedule. Solve your hybrid work challenges with a visitor management system like Autonix.
With Autonix, you can help foster a customized hybrid work paradigm in your organization, allowing you to administer basic accountability features on and off location..
Will hybrid work become the ‘new’ office model?
Workplace safety is more important than ever. The pandemic has caused workers in all industries to feel less safe at work and experience increased anxiety and stress. One easy way to limit safety risks while providing workers more flexibility and support with stress and anxiety is by instituting a hybrid work model.
As the importance of workplace safety becomes increasingly important, hybrid work offers business owners and their employees unprecedented opportunities to increase productivity while keeping workers safe.
What’s more, even as employers have expressed their desire for workers to come back to the office, the overwhelming majority reported the remote-work "experiment" to be largely successful. It’s clear that the hybrid work model offers a multitude of benefits for employees and employers alike.
WHAT IS A HYBRID WORK MODEL?
A hybrid work model can imply a few different things. It could mean offering every employee the option to work on-site part of the week and remotely part of the week, for maximum flexibility. Or, it could involve certain employees working remotely and others working on-site full-time, or some combination of those things.
Here are some hybrid work calendar examples:
Where employees work from home every day and come into the office only when absolutely necessary. Employers might also decide to keep the office open for anyone who chooses to use it, if they would rather work on-site than remotely.
Centralized remote-first employment
Where the core executives and high-level employees work out of a physical office, while communicating with other employees who work entirely remotely.
Where employees come into the office on a regular basis – often a couple times a week – with specific home (or remote_ days and office days.
Where employees work primarily on-site, but also work remotely depending on how much their specific job requires them to be there. Employees could be allowed to work remotely or from home by request or whenever they are not needed at the office.
The important thing is offering employees the flexibility necessary for them to acquire the right work-life balance, making for a happy, healthy, and productive organization.
Hybrid work models help organizations avoid exposure to illness and viruses like COVID-19. A less dense work environment with fewer people around is more conducive to social distancing and other measures to keep employees safe.
Companies can also lower their real estate costs by as much as 30% through hybrid work models, while hiring talent from all around the world, ensuring maximum productivity and a global edge over your competitors.
With so many benefits to hybrid work models, it’s easy to see why as many as 47% of employees say they would look for another job if their employer doesn’t implement or offer a hybrid work model.
Why are employees favoring a hybrid work model?
The advantages of hybrid work models are extensive, especially considering the recent increase in employee safety concerns. Employees who feel safer at work will be more dedicated to the job and more productive, in addition to being happier, healthier, and more secure.
A recent online survey of 500 Canadian workers found that people felt less safe at work due to the pandemic, and about 75% of participants reported increased anxiety and stress caused by the disease.
One economist, Jeffrey Clemens of the University of San Diego, said that Covid "broke many linkages between workers and their pre-pandemic employers" and made it "less attractive for people to be in the jobs they previously held."
In fact, studies across the globe show that workers are feeling overworked and undervalued. According to Harvard Business Review, mental health support will be a necessary component of employee-employer relationships in the future, especially after the pandemic. Hybrid work models are part of the solution in bridging the gap to making these jobs more attractive again.
But improved mental health is just one of the many advantages of a hybrid work model. It will also provide better collaboration and continuous learning opportunities, by letting employees schedule their own work outside of regular meetings, without feeling pressured or anxious.
Hybrid work models will also improve employee satisfaction and they’ve been shown to increase productivity. There might be some growing pains to tracking time and getting everyone on the same page at first, but overall, employers reported a rise in individual and team productivity, as well as employee engagement – perhaps due to the increase in focus, energy, and overall satisfaction of workers.
Is a hybrid work-from-home model right for your business?
So how do you find out if a hybrid work schedule is the right thing for your organization? You’ll have to consider some of the possible drawbacks to hybrid work models first.
Here are a few:
- Dealing with video chat malfunctions and other technological glitches
- More potential for miscommunication (or lack of communication) between your teams, creating greater confusion
- The added privacy and cybersecurity concerns that come with communicating entirely online
- A less professional presentation for clients
- Less cohesion between remote and on-site employees
Autonix’s touchless solutions can help businesses and employees cultivate a safe and productive work environment seamlessly, while minimizing the disadvantages and growing pains.
Autonix can help you easily facilitate the transition to a hybrid work model.
With Autonix you can:
- Help employees minimize unnecessary interactions
- Offer employees and business owners peace of mind, knowing you prioritize their safety and security as an organization
- Monitor and contain potential virus outbreaks and more easily implement contact-tracing procedures
- Easily monitor and track the progress of remote employees with a digital timecard
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