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How to define hybrid work model and what are the pros and cons?

Three years of disruption from Covid-19 have made the work-from-home (WFH) work model more common. To cater to the "new normal" brought about by the pandemic, many companies are gradually re-integrating their work models in hopes of improving performance, understanding employees' perspectives on different work styles, and creating a work environment that attracts talent. Now a new work mode has been derived - Hybrid Work Model. The following will explain how to define the hybrid work mode and its advantages and disadvantages.

How to define Hybrid Work Model

Companies adopt flexible working mechanisms to allow employees to work more flexibly and autonomously when and where they work. As the name suggests, the hybrid work model is a combination of "remote work" and "in-office work", allowing employees to choose to work from home or office, or even work anywhere in the world. Businesses can set a balance point for mixed work, which indicates how many hours each week employees work in the office, and at other times it is up to employees to choose where they want to work.

This flexible working model can indeed bring many positive results to enterprises and employees. It stikes a balance between physical offices and fully remote / work from home (WFH) as each has its own strengths and it really does have the best of both worlds.

The benefits of hybrid work model

First of all, the obvious benefit to employees of this work model is flexibility. Since employees can freely choose their work location, commuting time is saved, especially during rush hour when there is traffic congestion. In addition, the flexible working location also allows employees to make better use of their time to deal with other things, to achieve an ideal balance between entertainment and work, and achieve the Work-Life Balance that everyone yearns for. At the same time, because employees can choose their work location more flexibly and arrange their own working hours, they are more willing to work and hence improve their job satisfaction and quality of life.

At the same time, the benefits of a hybrid work model for businesses are numerous. First, costs can be reduced, and less use of office space means less money to spend on leasing, furnishing, and maintaining office space. Second, the productivity of employees can be improved because the flexible work environment brings employees a happy mood. In addition to excellent performance, it can even reduce employee turnover. Furthermore, enterprises can attract more outstanding top job seekers to apply by providing a flexible and mixed work model to maintain their competitiveness in the job market.

The disadvantages of hybrid work model

On the contrary, the hybrid working mode will encounter some difficulties when it is actually implemented. While a hybrid work model offers some flexibility, managing how to properly organize the work schedule requires long-term planning. Especially for some large companies with many employees, improper planning will only waste time and reduce work efficiency. In addition, Harvard Business School professor, Prithwiraj Choudhury, has warned that if companies impulsively implement a hybrid work model without a long-term plan, they will eventually fail. Because a sound transformation process requires comprehensive communication, collaboration and productivity procedures and systems.

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But how exactly should the time spent in the office and remote work be distributed, and which planning will bring the most productivity? If you are interested to implement a hybrid work mode for your own business after having a brief understanding of how to define a hybrid work model, its advantages and disadvantages, please contact us, and our professional team will work out the most suitable solution for you.

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