Hybrid Working

Kickstarted by the pandemic, Hybrid working is gaining popularity and quickly. After most of the world began to work almost entirely from home, many came to the realization that there was little reason to commute to the office building every day and they could be as productive and in some cases even more productive in the comfort of their own home. No commute, no getting ready, no packed lunches, the time many of us saved took a 10 to 11-hour workday back to the 8 hours that it should have always been.

However, this is not to say that the office does have its place, offices will almost always be needed in some capacity. That’s where hybrid working comes into play. A work lifestyle that encourages individuals to use their autonomy and work around their lives. It is an idea that allows for the perfect balance of structure, independence, and life.

Why is Hybrid Working Such a Powerful Idea?

Hybrid working retains all the benefits of in-office working, you retain designated days in the office for meetings and collaboration. You also gain remote days where you can work from where ever you like whether it is a library or your home allowing for you to select the place where you feel the most comfortable and can best focus on your work. The best part about working remotely is the reduction in interruptions, and if someone still really needs you of course they can call you!

Through the pandemic, many large and reputable companies have moved to a hybrid style of work, with some opting to provide their employees with a set budget to spend on coworking spaces each month whether it is to book meeting rooms or book a workspace.

Coworking and Hybrid Working

So why are coworking and hybrid working such a perfect pair? It’s simple, coworking allows you to pay for what you need, if you only require workspaces and meeting rooms one day a week you only pay for offices and workspaces for one day a week. If you wish to add days you can. The flexibility of flexible workspaces are perfect for the hybrid work week.

Draw Backs

There are a few drawbacks to the hybrid working, with the biggest and possibly most obvious hurdle being an internet connection. Those without a good connection, are simply unable to work from home. Others include the question of productivity, whilst the productivity of some increases dramatically, for others it decreases. This is where some companies have created systems whereby your work is judged by quantity, not time, the more efficiently you work the more free time you will gain.

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