The world of work is changing; and it’s changing fast. The traditional 9-5 culture is being replaced with a new way of working, often referred to as ‘hybrid’.
A hybrid working world
Hybrid working is something that’s been around for a long time but has had a renaissance since the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s now become a strategy that companies use to attract and retain talent. With open-plan offices becoming the norm, many companies have found that they need to think outside the box to differentiate themselves from competitors and attract new talent.
Hybrid working offers employees the freedom to work remotely when they need to, but also provides a central hub where they can collaborate with colleagues in person when they wish or need to do so. This allows companies to maintain their culture, and for employees to develop personal relationships whilst having the space and flexibility to create a work-life balance that works for them.
Hybrid working benefits your team as well as your employees
There are many benefits for your team as well as for your employees when you adopt a hybrid working approach. It can lead to improved morale and employee engagement, motivate them to work harder, and help them be more productive. Employees who work remotely will feel like they’re still part of the team even if they can’t make it into the office every day. This will improve their sense of loyalty toward the business, which makes them more likely to stay with you long term instead of leaving when something better comes along.
Who are the best candidates for hybrid roles?
If you are a manager or team leader who has been tasked with hiring, then you may be wondering if your team needs help in this area. Here is what we recommend:
- If your employees have a high level of self-discipline, they will likely be good candidates for hybrid roles. If you have employees who can manage their time well and stay focused on the task at hand, they are more likely to succeed when working remotely.
- Employees who work well independently will also do well in hybrid roles. Working remotely requires self-direction and independent learning skills that many people don’t possess naturally. While some people thrive under these circumstances, others find them challenging or even overwhelming.
The benefits that hybrid working has on recruitment are clear to see. The ability to work from anywhere and the flexibility it offers employees makes it a great option for those looking to balance their personal life with their professional one. This is rapidly becoming an essential perk for many employees when looking for new roles, and companies not able to offer this are often at a major disadvantage in the race for top talent.