Typical office-based work has been the standard setup for a long time, however, more companies are allowing employees to work remotely. Due to the pandemic, remote working has become more popular than ever and although things have gone back to normal, some companies have decided on a hybrid setup. This is where employees are able to work from home but also work in the office. Here are some of the pros and cons of having a hybrid working setup:
- Employees are happier. Having a more flexible setup typically leads to happier employees and should motivate them to do well. It’s also a great way to retain employees as not all companies offer a hybrid working.
- Save on operational expenses. Fewer people work in the office, so you can save on your energy consumption. You will also cut costs if you provide free coffee, snacks, and lunch in the office. However, consider the other expenses for the hybrid setup, like providing internet allowance to your employees and computers, should you shoulder them too.
- Better work environment. A crowded workspace can be noisy, chaotic, and uncomfortable, which could affect the efficiency and productivity of the employees. You can avoid this with a hybrid setup, as only a limited number of people go to the office daily.
- It’s environment friendly. Fewer people commuting to work also means lesser air pollution from vehicles.
- Access to more talents. More individuals may be willing to work with you, especially those who have to drive a long distance to the office.
- Feeling of isolation. While some employees might feel more comfortable working remotely, others may feel isolated, especially if they are used to mingling with other people. This could have a negative effect on their productivity.
- Lack of focus. If they do not have a dedicated home office, distractions at home could cause them to lose focus, like noise from family members or laziness since their bed is easily accessible.
- Security concerns. Employees can work not just at home but anywhere with an internet connection. It increases security risks as they might connect to unsecured networks, which may jeopardise company data.
- Lack of company culture. Building or strengthening company culture is more challenging since employees see each other less frequently.
Weigh the pros and cons of a hybrid setup to decide if it’s the right way to go. If you decide to push through with it, plan how to overcome the drawbacks to make them work for you. An example is having a company team building monthly and regular online events to strengthen company culture.
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