Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have gradually adopted the hybrid work model, which combines on site and remote work (from home or other locations). This means that employees can switch between working remotely and coming into the office depending on the needs of the organization. There are also hybrid work model variations. Some companies allow employees to choose when they want to work outside of the headquarters, while others require it. Here are the pros and cons of the hybrid work model.
Pros of Hybrid Working Model
A hybrid work model allows an employee to work when, where, and how he or she wants while still allowing the manager to monitor their progress. This means that employees are not restricted to a specific time or location. They can work when and where they want, whether at their desk at home, in a co-working space, or on a park bench with their laptop.
A hybrid work model can save your money because not all of your employees must be on-site all of the time. You will not require as many offices, furniture, computers, or printers, resulting in lower costs for your company. Utility bills will also be lower because fewer people will be running around using electricity. As a result, employees save money on transportation to and from work. Their meals are also less expensive because they don't spend as much money eating out.
Workers who have the freedom to work when and where they want are more productive. Employees tend to get more done per day because they are not wasting time or energy commuting. Many employees also find that they are more productive when they do not have set working hours and are allowed to work when they feel most productive.
Employees who use the hybrid work model appreciate the ability to work from home and vice versa. It allows them to do whatever they want without feeling as if they are being watched or judged by others. The ability to work whenever and wherever they want makes life appear easier. Employees who work from or near their homes benefit from the extra time they have to spend with family and friends. In some cases, they can use the extra time to complete household chores that they normally do not have time for while at work or in transit.
Cons of the Hybrid Work Model
While the benefits of a hybrid work model seem obvious, there are some aspects to consider before implementing this type of arrangement. Lets look at these disadvantage of the hybrid work model:
Certain industries are not appropriate for this type of work model. Manufacturing, health care, education, and retail are among them. If you work in one of these industries, you'll almost certainly have to stick with the traditional work model. A hybrid work model can cause more harm than good.
Some businesses are concerned that allowing employees to work from home poses security risks. This is because working from home makes it more difficult to monitor employees activities. They may be exposing themselves to threats that are minimized when working in the office. Employees risk losing critical or confidential data, having their data corrupted, or being vulnerable to cyber hijacking when working remotely if necessary safeguards are not in place.
While some employees appreciate the flexibility of working from home, others are overwhelmed. They may be concerned about staying organized and keeping up with work. Employees may feel compelled to work beyond their normal working hours in some cases. Employee burnout and decreased productivity can result, both of which are detrimental to the company's success and the employee's health.