Hybrid work is a method of employment where staff divide their time between working remotely (usually from home) and working at their employer’s workplace (the office). Allowing your employees to enjoy hybrid or flexible work has several advantages, including potentially reduced overheads and a larger pool of potential employees, depending on location.
People no longer need to be tied to an unsuitable place, which can prevent unnecessary travel. For many, remote working has benefited their way of life, while others yearn to return to the office. This is where hybrid work became a fair compromise, attractive to both parties.
Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) indicates that employers in the UK expect their proportion of hybrid workers to increase. Many employees have benefited from hybrid working thanks to a better work-life balance, reduced travel and easier family responsibilities.
However, there are also challenges, including rising home energy bills, IT issues, collaboration and training, and mental health care. Acas has previously published tips on working from home that are still relevant if you want to ensure the well-being of your employees.
One of the benefits of working remotely is that your employees can set up their workspace however they want. However, others may not have a suitable work environment at home, so having an office space to come in for a change of scenery or a quiet space can be beneficial. Providing flexible working arrangements will be essential in capturing the best talent.