Prior to the pandemic, it felt as if there were a limited number of business professionals who worked from home. For the most part, the majority of workers went into their respective offices every day. Over the past couple of years, however, many of us have found working from home to be our new normal. But what will be the norm going forward?
A hybrid work model combines working from home with trips to the office. With pandemic restrictions having eased in recent months, it would appear as if hybrid work is set to become a mainstay. What are its benefits?
It offers more opportunities for learning.
Because a hybrid worker isn’t confined to the four walls of a traditional office, he/she has the opportunity to branch out. To be specific, learning opportunities that present themselves can be taken advantage of. Participating in seminars and/or attending trade shows is made much easier when one is not expected to adhere to a specific in-office work schedule.
Billieapp.io points out that a hybrid work model allows employees to partake in continuous learning outside of their normal work environments. “This means that if they’re working a portion of their workweek from their office, they can then utilize the remainder of their time on their personal development goals while working from home, which can lead to better job performance and growth prospects,” says the site.
It allows employers to create teams from wider talent pools.
With the ability to work from home, an employee can serve a company located in another region of the world. Modern technology allows us to make and take phone calls, using business extensions, even when we’re not working out of a place of business. The internet has made it so that we can communicate with people all over the world without worrying about long distance charges. Therefore, employers can bolster teams with workers from just about anywhere.
According to Victoria Garment on Parallels.com, an organization that employs a hybrid work model can choose local talent or source from a global workforce. “A recent McKinsey survey shows that 80 % of people questioned report that they enjoy working from home,” she reports.
It promotes better mental health.
There has been an increased focus on the need for people to nurture their emotional well-beings in recent years. As Billieapp.io alerts us, working from home has eliminated a lot of the stressors that come with a more traditional model of work. They include the stress of commuting and the pressure of putting in more time in the office to meet deadlines.
“With a hybrid-work model, employees have the opportunity to either work remotely, in person or a ratio that consists of both,” explains the website, “This introduces a better work-life fit for employees that have a preference for either type of work, and ultimately, better prospects for an improved work-life balance and mental health outcomes.”
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