How To Map Out An Efficient Hybrid Work Schedule

Author: Gina Cunsolo


 

It’s apparent that even when the COVID-19 pandemic fades, some changes will be around for years, if not forever.

Those workers who could do their jobs from home during the height of the pandemic, for example, have made it clear they would like to continue doing so at least part of the time. Some employees are even downright refusing to come back to the office.

A recent Global Workplace Analytics report found that 82% of those who worked from home over the past two years wish to continue doing so at least part of the time once the threat of COVID-19 is over. The report found that a third of those workers would take a pay cut of up to 5% if allowed to continue working remotely, and nearly a fourth would take a 10% pay cut.

A hybrid work model can be a great way to please those who enjoy working from home, but it brings several challenges with it. Creating a hybrid work schedule that offers maximum efficiency is chief among them.
 

The Hybrid Work Schedule - The Best of Both Worlds

 

A hybrid work schedule can serve as a happy medium between an office-based workforce and one that’s fully remote.

According to a recent McKinsey article, some of the top benefits employees hope to get from a hybrid work model include a better work-life balance, increased schedule flexibility, and improved morale. A hybrid model also alleviates the feeling of being disconnected from your colleagues. Because you’ll be in the office for part of the week, you’ll still have occasional face-to-face contact.

A hybrid work model offers a host of benefits for businesses as well. The Global Workforce Analytics study estimates that companies could save as much as $11,000 per employee with a move to a hybrid work model through factors such as increased productivity, lower real estate costs, and reduced absenteeism. For example, moving to a desk hoteling system in the office, where workers don’t have assigned office spaces but instead grab the first desk they see, can allow companies to trim their office space needs by as much as half.

 

The Hybrid Work Schedule - Maximizing Efficiency

 

When it comes to creating a hybrid work schedule that benefits both company and worker, a recent Harvard Business Review article suggested employees take into account issues ranging from the types of projects in which they’re involved to their specific personality types.

If there’s a high-level decision involved or the possibility that discussions may involve high levels of emotional content, for example, working from the office is likely the better choice. Coordinating office sessions with those with whom clear communication is critical is also a good idea. For example, if you’re working on a complicated issue with a colleague, face-to-face sessions in the office might speed up the communication process.

Your personality, the type of work you do, and your situation will help determine the schedule you seek as well. If you’re an introvert and prefer working alone, spending the bulk of your time working from home might lead to increased productivity. If you’re juggling work with the care of young children or elderly relatives, a hybrid schedule will likely lead to improved morale and lower absenteeism.

On the other hand, if you’re more of an extrovert, spending most of your time in the office may be beneficial. In addition, workers in the early stages of their careers might be more comfortable spending most of their time in the office. A Pew Research study found that 42% of workers ages 18 to 49 find it challenging to stay motivated when working remotely, while only 20% of workers 50 and older feel that way.
 

Why A Hybrid Work Schedule Is Here to Stay

 

Hybrid work is here to stay, and a hybrid model offers increased job satisfaction for employees and cost savings for businesses. A thorough evaluation of your personality, household obligations, and work processes can help create a schedule that delivers maximum efficiency.

If you’re going to be part of the hybrid workforce, check out these tips on how to stay productive. If you’re a manager or business owner, learn more about the savings that can be achieved with a hybrid work model, ways to set up a hybrid office, and conference room designs that can maximize productivity. 

Lastly, read this if you’re trying to understand how your office setup will determine the success of a new hybrid work model.

For more advice on the tools that can make a hybrid work model a success, contact the experts at Yamaha Unified Communications.