Twenty-four hours in a day usually seems like less of a time when there is a multitude of things to do. Don’t you feel the burden of completing your to-do list every day? Whether it is official work or a private one, completing chores by the end of the day seems to be every person’s motto. Out of many tasks that a person does, one of the basic ones is completing a job.
Many people work in offices and organizations, complete the tasks given to them before going home. The office hours vary from one organization to another, but they are often limited. This limitation is done to ensure a better work-life balance.
A hybrid workforce has been introduced to simplify the lives of people working in organizations and companies. Essentially, it is an arrangement where people complete half of the tasks in the office by visiting occasionally and complete the rest at home. This concept is based on the convenience of the people.
About 63% of high-growth companies including Ziplyne have embraced the concept of a hybrid workforce. Employees are the backbone of an organization. For increased efficacy and better teamwork, organization leaders should take care of the employee’s needs. After all, a happy workplace is a productive workplace. A hybrid workforce allows more freedom to the employees concerning where they can work and when they can work. Employee onboarding, is, therefore, increased in this type of model.
A hybrid workforce is the need of the hour, especially now, when the pandemic hit us with new alterations. About 41% of the employees struggled with group work during the pandemic. Due to imposing lockdowns, and mandatory social distancing, the people who earlier followed remote workforce found it difficult to adapt to the new hybrid workforce model.
“It is about workplace flexibility. It’s about allowing our associates to be who they are as an individual, whether that is a community member, a spouse or parent, or anything in between,” says Amy Freshman
Amy Freshman has described aptly on the consequences, we, as an employee, family member, and upstanding citizen face by working in a hybrid workforce model. When implemented strategically, these models introduce new, cost-effective ways for companies to enhance employee engagement and employee performance. The new Gen Z members harbor strong officism attitudes.
Not just the employees, but the organization itself faces many consequences by employing a hybrid workforce model. Organizational change is observed and it is sometimes for the better, while sometimes they are just fairly unhelpful for an organization.
CONSEQUENCES OF HYBRID WORKFORCE INCLUDES
Peter Drucker said, “Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” One might get confused between efficiency and productivity, but it is essential to understand the difference. A hybrid workforce emphasizes productivity and not efficiency. This model allows the organization to evaluate employee performance. In any organization, efficiency is all about the effort and the resources employees put into the project whereas productivity focuses on getting the project completed. Efficiency is based more on survival as it involves working on a project with limited resources.
A hybrid workplace ensures that the work gets completed, whether it is in the office or outside of it. Flexible workers are seen to utilize their time better. In a hybrid workplace, the employees choose when to work and they complete their tasks when they are feeling most productive whether it is in the middle of the day or the middle of the night. The productivity of the work is amplified as the workers are well-rested, less stressed, and happy which leads to better concentration and flow of new ideas in the mind. Therefore, any organization or company receives positive customer feedback.
In this workforce, certain workforce scheduling tools help the employees to manage their shift rotations, institute breaks, and manage schedules from any device or location. In this way, every team member of a project is up-to-date on not only their schedules but of fellow team members as well. The compartmentalization of the project becomes easier and the work gets done faster when everyone knows what they need to do and what progress is made every day. Process optimization is enhanced by this method.
A hybrid workforce model prioritizes the employees more than the work. For every person, work-life integration matters, and a hybrid workplace ensures this for every employee. Being free to work whenever one feels like working has had a positive impact on employee satisfaction. When the employee is satisfied, they give their best into the work that further enhances both the quality and the quantity of work. Customer feedback of any organization is augmented by this type of workforce model.
On the other hand, a hybrid workforce also mitigates the disadvantages of remote working by introducing a professional space outside the home for employees to bond as a team. This also allows socialization among colleagues.
Any worker can give in their best in a project while working at home as the environment not only destresses them but allows creativity and ideas to run in the mind. Whereas, working in the office develops team bonding among the workers and also decreases employee isolation. Therefore, a hybrid workforce utilizes the best of both the situation for the strengthened workflow.
Lower Costs of Operation
Any organization or a company believes in using minimum resources to get maximum results. A hybrid workplace is where there is an implementation of reduced costs of operation. When fewer employees are working in an office, many of the resources get reduced. This includes less office space and reduced office desks for employees among many other office supplies. Therefore, in this way, rental costs of an office are reduced as well as the money spent on office supplies.
A successful office hybrid paves way for a mixture of versatile spaces. Once the company knows the number of employees that will be attending the office at the given time, they can plan specific occupancy levels which will ultimately cut down on the rental costs, business supplies, and other office expenses. A hybrid workforce allows cost reduction of not only the organization but of the workers as well. With the implementation of this model, the cost of commuting from office to home reduces considerably. The time spent on commuting also reduces.
Even though the consequences of a hybrid workforce have been advantageous for an organization, there have been some negative impacts on it as well. A hybrid workforce has led to employee isolation, increased risks of cyber-attacks, over-politicized workplace, etc. Some organizations have been working to introduce a hybrid workplace model. In the USA, almost 72% of the executives have been planning increased investment in tools for virtual collaboration and almost 48% of the investments have been made in the development of communal space in the office.
The future of the hybrid workforce depends solely on us. Whether the introduction of a hybrid workforce has been for good or bad, only you can decide.