The Future of Work: Hybrid is the New Normal

In news that should surprise no one, polls have demonstrated that many employees who were forced to work from home thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic are content to keep doing so. And employers, for the most part, have also seen some benefits to this arrangement.

Many companies are beginning to split the difference — they’re having employees work from home certain days of the week and come into the office on others. The 3/2 day split is particularly common, in which employees come to the office three days out of the week and work remotely the other two, or vice versa. This hybrid approach may be the new normal for companies in various industries.

Benefits for Employees

For employees, having the flexibility and freedom associated with a hybrid schedule is a great thing. They’re likely to feel less constrained and stressed knowing that they don’t have to sit in an office all day throughout the week. It also makes it much easier to manage family time, appointments, and other obligations outside of the office. That creates a better work-life balance, which means employees are more satisfied and perform at a higher level.

A split schedule approach is also attractive to new candidates who are looking for that same flexibility. It’s a great thing to include in your organization’s recruitment efforts.

Benefits for Employers

Aside from a happier workforce, one major benefit for employers is cost savings. Many organizations have found that having employees work from home for a portion of the week helps them save on energy bills, food costs, utility expenses, cleaning services, and even taxes. And as mentioned above, having this hybrid model in place can serve as a tool for attracting top talent who doesn’t want to be cooped up in an office day in and day out.

Will a hybrid schedule be the new normal for your industry? It’s hard to say for sure, but one thing is certain. The way we work will likely never be the same again — when your organization embraces that change, you’ll be set up for success.

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