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What is Hybrid Working?

Why Does It Matter? And How Does It Work in Practice?

‘Hybrid Working’ has become a popular buzzword – but just what does it really mean? Why is it important? And above all, why should it be a priority for you right now?

At its core, hybrid working is an arrangement in which workers split their time between office, home and remote environments. Whilst not a new concept, the pandemic and subsequent events have brought hybrid working into the limelight.

For forward-looking organisations, hybrid working provides a highly attractive model for their return to work and workplace strategies. It offers employees the flexibility to work between the office, their home or a shared working space and the freedom to choose which environment is best suited to the tasks they need to complete.

Put simply, hybrid working is the future of work, and demands consideration as part of your workspace strategy.

Why Hybrid Working?

It has a lot to offer to organisations and their employees alike.

A well-implemented hybrid working policy benefits all concerned.

Employee wellbeing and engagement are hot topics, with organisations recognising the value of looking after their people and providing a culture and working life that engages them – with a work life balance being an integral part of this.

According to CIPD, over 60% of employees with the flexibility to work from home some of the time report a better work-life balance.

Workers are able to plan life around their work, rather than planning work around their lives, allowing them to balance childcare, lifestyle and education with work commitments.

Organisations, meanwhile, gain benefits to their bottom line. Hybrid Working yields long term opportunities to save on office rent and maintenance. Similarly, McKinsey forecast a 20% reduction in corporate travel spend by 2023 as remote and hybrid working takes off.

So Much More Than

Home Working

Hybrid working is a workplace model which prioritises the flexibility for individuals to choose the timing and location of their work.

Flexible working is central to Hybrid Working. But Hybrid Working is so much more than just ’home working’. It is the convergence of office and home environments into a single workspace.

True Hybrid Working requires you to bring together people, processes, connectivity, technology, time and place in order to deliver the most appropriate way to complete a given task.

The ultimate goal of any Hybrid Working strategy should be to minimise the gap in experience between those working in the office and those at home. To get as close as possible to a natural way of working.

This cannot be achieved through flexible working alone. It requires investment in the development of a synchronised workplace strategy encompassing office and remote environments.

The Hybrid Workspace…
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