We’ve talked a lot about remote work and the advantages of working from home. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to communicate remotely, and productivity improved as a result. And while a large majority would prefer to work from home for good, there are still groups of people who would rather commute to the office and work in-person.
Flexibility & employee happiness
Enter the hybrid work schedule. The biggest perk of working hybrid is its flexibility. Allowing employees to choose when they come in grants them autonomy and earns their trust. They’re able to determine when coming into the office works for them and when it doesn’t. Additionally, when employees don’t have to commute every single day, they aren’t forced to live in areas they can’t afford.
Forbes stresses this point, saying, “When employees are able to work from anywhere, it won’t be as important to live near expensive urban areas (more than one-fifth of employees are already considering or planning to move somewhere more than 50 miles from work). The flexibility of remote work will also allow parents to balance work and childcare more easily, and hiring managers will be able to cast a wider net and find candidates from all across the country.”
When asked what they miss the most about office culture, many professionals allude to the social aspect. Working remotely keeps you behind a screen and doesn’t allow for socialization. When using a hybrid schedule, employees get the opportunity to meet people and network. This is especially important for young adults entering the workforce for the first time.
Creativity & productivity
Creativity and innovation can’t be forced. Employees know when they have the proper energy and resources to produce quality work. Hybrid schedules promote this idea. LinkedIn says, “A hybrid workforce lets employees develop their creative energy when they select. You also can support with easing and stress management. When workers feel less pressure and become comfortable, they have the prospect to produce their own time and relationships. More employers are finding that this leads to better time management with quicker goal accomplishment.”
The ability to wake up and decide whether the commute is feasible is an amazing opportunity for professionals. Those with children, disabilities, or other ailments are given more independence in their work-life balance. WeWork mentions, “They can choose to work when they’re feeling most productive, whether that’s in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. When employees are happier, better rested, and less stressed, they do better work.”
All in all, hybrid schedules have just as many perks and benefits as remote or fully in-person work. No matter your preference, if you’re interested in chatting with one of our talented recruiters and finding the schedule that works for you, visit our Jobs Board today!