The big question, once the pandemic is over: is it possible to combine the benefits of working remotely with the business-as-usual activity at the office?
Well, studies show that not only is it possible, but it’s already happening. Here’s why the hybrid working model is a good thing, and how your company can take full advantage of it.
So, what is the hybrid working model?
Simply put, it’s a location-flexible way of working, that allows employees to get the job done remotely (offsite), at the office (onsite) or by balancing their time between the two.
The Covid-19 pandemic has proven that people can be productive anywhere, so why go back to the traditional office full time? Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “the mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions”, and this applies to the future of work, as well.
83% opt for freedom of choice
It’s no surprise that 83% of employees around the world would prefer a hybrid model of working – sometimes remotely, other times onsite – according to an extensive survey. Large companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Twitter, as well as startups are introducing some form of alternative work schedule, aiming to prioritize the employee experience.
Is it worth the effort, though? Are we really on the brink of a revolution? The majority of managers, employees and HR agencies seem to think so. Here’s why.
10 reasons why the hybrid working model will work
Flexibility may be the keyword for the new work era we’re about to enter, and business will have to adapt fast in order to seize the hybrid model’s opportunities:
1. Best of both worlds. There’s a time for brainstorming ideas in the open office, with the whole team, and a time for deep work, when focusing on a particular task and blocking out distractions are essential. The hybrid work model combines in-person collaboration (at the office or in a co-working space) with the convenience of working alone (at home or in a place that feels like home).
But there’s also a more subtle benefit to this: the freedom of choice, which leads to…
2. Employee happiness. During the lockdown, employees were able to schedule their work day, have a pet snuggle in their lap or on the couch, wear casual clothes (sometimes only the upper half!), have more time to read, cook or meditate, spend time with their dear ones – and all these little things added up to boost their mood while working from home. The reverse was also true – sometimes employees felt disconnected and isolated – and so the overwhelming majority agree that a combination of onsite and offsite working is the best option.
Statistics show that both employee happiness and job satisfaction increased during the work-from-home period, and that’s is closely related to…
3. Increased productivity. Once employees cut down on commuting time, distractions and interruptions, they can focus on the work at hand. An extra hour of sleep lowers the stress level while positively influencing creativity and attention, so tasks on the “to do” list are accomplished faster. Also on the plus side, employees can take charge of their day and work whenever they’re at the peak of their performance.
But working from home may not always be fun, especially when you’re a single parent or you have noisy neighbors. So a viable alternative is a co-working space such as Nooka, that offers the cozy work-from-home experience, plus full connectivity to the business HQ, bundled in a personal office atmosphere.
4. Business growth. While we’re on the productivity topic, the same study shows that 63% of high-growth companies have already implemented hybrid models, thus supporting the health of their workforce, which in turn leads to better efficiency and performance, ultimately converging to an even higher growth rate. Long story short, it’s good for business.
5. Low cost. Whether you’re a startup entrepreneur or the director of a large company, you’re familiar with the concept “quality in, quality out”. When you offer your employees and colleagues the best resources, you get quality results in return. Not only that, you also get some things that money can seldom buy, like true loyalty, proactivity, drive, hunger to succeed, and respect for your future-oriented vision.
Nooka is one of the affordable resources that can make the onsite-offsite work balance a reality. And it’s a worthwhile investment.
6. Night owls vs early birds. People are different – in fact, so different that they may be on distant time zones even when living in the same city. Still, they want to work whenever the inspiration strikes, either in the quiet of the night or starting with the first light of the day, so a flexible co-working space would be the ideal solution halfway between home and office.
7. Remote, but close. Sometimes, you may start working remotely, but end up realizing that an in-person meeting with the team would be more efficient to set the project in motion or to get it back on track. That’s when you appreciate being close to the office, so you can have a brief, but essential meeting in 15 minutes. After all, the hybrid model is all about flexibility and mobility.
8. New day, new office. We are creatures of habit, we love our daily routines and rituals. But every now and then we need change, we need to challenge the norm, if only to spice things up a bit. Switching offices can be this change, and that’s quite easy when you’re renting Nookas. Let your colleagues and employees choose where they want to work for the day – in the park, by the lake, or in the center of the city. It’s simple: new inspiring setup, new mood, new business ideas.
9. Safety first. Either employees choose to get anti-Covid vaccines or not, we will still need to comply with social distancing regulations in the near future. The hybrid work model lowers the risk of infection by reducing the number of people present onsite at a time, while all other employees can choose the location they want to work from – either solo or in pairs.
10. Work without frontiers. It’s likely that once the pandemic is over, people will want to travel more, to make up for the time when they were restrained from going abroad. And because balancing work and life is no longer a secret to them, they’ll want to take “working vacations”. Then it’s a good thing that Nooka is international, so your employees will soon be able to find Nooka Spaces everywhere across Europe .
Bonus: Make extra money. It would be unfair that only employees get direct benefits from the hybrid work model, so Nooka levels the situation: when your colleagues or employees are not using the Nookas you’re currently renting, you can sub-rent the units for a shared profit. Turning your liabilities into assets is always a good idea, right?
Will you join the 63% of highest-growth, visionary companies and adopt the hybrid work model? When you decide, you know what to do! Can’t wait to talk about the future of your company.