Hybrid working is a method of employment where staff split their time between working remotely (usually at home) and working at their employer’s workplace (the office). There are several benefits to be gained from allowing your employees to enjoy hybrid or flexible working, including potentially reduced overhead costs and a larger pool of potential employees, based on location.
People no longer have to be tied to a location that doesn’t suit them, which can avoid unnecessary commuting. For many, working remotely has benefitted their lifestyles, while others have longed to return to the office. This is where hybrid working has become a fair compromise, appealing to both sides.
Research carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) indicates that in the UK, employers expect their proportion of hybrid workers to increase. Many employees have benefitted from hybrid working thanks to a better work-life balance, reduced commuting and easier caring responsibilities.
However, there are challenges too, including increased home energy bills, IT issues, collaboration and training, and mental health care. Acas has previously released guidance on homeworking that remains relevant if you want to look after your employees’ wellbeing.
One of the advantages of remote working is that your employees can set up their workspace however they want. However, others may not have a suitable working environment at home, so having an office space to come to for a change of scene or quiet space can be beneficial. Offering flexible working arrangements will be key to appropriating the best talent.