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The hybrid workplace has been around for long a time at many companies. Yet, the pandemic set the stage for this workplace model to explode into the stratosphere. The hybrid workplace model is a workplace environment that combines aspects of remote work and in-office work. Often some or all employees have the freedom to choose where and when they work.
Structuring a hybrid workplace is one of the top issues facing companies today. Why? Because employees want it. Having the freedom to choose where and when they work is more important than salary for nine out of 10 millennials. Older workers also prefer flexibility as avoiding busy commutes allow for more time with family and friends. This WeWork article provides additional insights on flexible work environments.
I think it is fair to say that the hybrid or full remote workplace model is one that is here to stay for many organizations. Even reluctant companies will be jumping on the bandwagon because employees and new recruits are demanding this flexibility.
As a hiring manager, be prepared to answer one of the most frequently asked question, “Is this position remote?” With a tight labor market, top candidates may request the flexibility to work from home part of the time or even all the time. And, many companies may have to go outside their geographic market to find the talent they need, thus setting the stage for a remote work strategy.
Employers are facing big decisions about how to structure a hybrid workplace. And, it is a more complex issue than the good old days of casual Fridays. Here are a few things to consider.
• Which jobs can function remotely?
• Which jobs must be in the office?
• Are employees offered a choice?
• Does the company choose which employee can work remotely?
• Are certain # of days in office required?
• How do we deal with exceptions?
• Will our corporate culture be adversely affected?
• Does it affect our compensation plan?
• How is work performance monitored?
• Are managers capable of managing remote workers?
• Do we have the IT infrastructure to support a hybrid workplace?
Each company has its unique circumstances so there is no cookie-cutter approach to structuring a hybrid workplace. Nor is there a legal rule book (yet) on what can or cannot be done. Yet, if employers want to hire top talent, allowing remote work flexibility is a winning strategy to attract the best talent. Companies that fail to adjust to the paradigm shift will struggle to recruit and retain talent as candidates will preference companies who offer hybrid or full remote work arrangements. And, companies need to be prepared for turnover if hybrid or remote work arrangements are not offered to current employees. Hybrid or remote work is here to stay so best to make it work the best you can in your organization.
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