What does hybrid work actually mean?
These days, more and more offices are making the transition to hybrid working. But a lot of confusion surrounds this issue, since it’s a brand new concept that many companies are interpreting differently.
Thanks to the pandemic, employees everywhere have had firsthand experience working remotely and using communication and project management software to get things done from home. While some companies have benefited from this approach, others are pushing for a return to in-office work. And employees who enjoy the benefit of a flexible schedule have come to expect at least part-time remote working as a standard requirement.
Enter hybrid working. This management model gives employees the flexibility to work remotely when they don’t need to be in the office for collaborative purposes. The hybrid work solution also affords companies the ability to reduce overhead costs with office space, allotting only the number of desk and meeting spaces needed for employees who work in the office on any given day.
This hybrid office model is quickly becoming the new normal, so managers everywhere are looking for tips and tools for hybrid working to help ease the transition and organize their teams as efficiently as possible.
The Benefits of a Hybrid Office Model
Though it may be in its early stages of widespread adoption, there are already some tangible benefits to hybrid work environments.
Some employees thrive working remotely, setting their own schedule and meeting deadlines while having the flexibility to separate their work and play time differently than they could while working in a traditional office. Others prefer that focused, structured environment and would choose to work in an office rather than at home where they can easily get distracted.
Apart from that, some tasks require collaboration, while others can be done alone in any environment. In light of that, it makes sense that productivity increases when employees are given the flexibility to work in whichever environment is best suited for their task. The hybrid working model gives them that flexibility and helps boost productivity as a result.
Improved employee satisfaction
When employees are given the freedom and autonomy to set their own schedules and work their way, they’re more likely to stay working at the job they’re in. So hybrid working not only increases employee satisfaction, but retention as well.
Satisfied employees are productive and happy employees, and their contributions to the team and organization as a whole could dramatically improve as a result. Building a strong team that will leave a lasting legacy in their companies is only possible when those team members are satisfied with their working conditions.
Reduced business costs
Businesses stand to save thousands of dollars a year by reducing the need for real estate and office space when they make the switch to hybrid working. By adopting a hybrid office model, employees can use a scheduling system to use the office on days they need to, and work remotely when they don’t. The office only needs to be big enough for whoever uses it that day, instead of the whole team.
This effectively turns desks into bookable workstations, used by the employees who need them at that moment. Hybrid Office from Autonomous is a first-of-its-kind hybrid work solution that takes the headache out of managing hybrid workplaces by managing schedules and bookings seamlessly.
Safety during the pandemic
Finally, even though vaccination efforts are well underway in some countries, the pandemic continues to develop, spread and affect workers globally. This means it’s still important for offices to implement safety measures.
Having fewer people in the office at a time is a good preventative measure that also makes social distancing in the office possible. Employees who are more vulnerable during bigger outbreaks can safely work from home while those who are able can still come in and use the office. It’s a great way to keep everyone working safely.
Build an Effective Hybrid Work Environment
Autonomous Hybrid Products are brand new hybrid work solutions that allow offices to seamlessly and smoothly manage a hybrid work environment. Take the stress and headache out of hybrid working by using these great software and hardware solutions, suitable for any office, anywhere.
1. Hybrid Office
Hybrid Office is a hybrid work solution from Autonomous that allows companies to easily manage hybrid workforce, create an efficient and effortless booking system, and ensure the office space is being used by those who need it most. It’s a huge help for offices with flexible spaces, multiple teams, and limited numbers of desks.
Hybrid Office can also be paired with the SmartDesk Hybrid for even more efficient office management. Both the Hybrid Office software and SmartDesk hardware were developed by Autonomous to work together seamlessly.
2. SmartDesk Hybrid
SmartDesk Hybrid is an electric sit-stand desk from Autonomous that fits perfectly into any office environment with its minimalist aesthetic. But apart from its sturdy construction, powerful yet quiet dual electric motor, and custom memory settings, the SmartDesk Hybrid also integrates with Hybrid Office software to automatically adjust to the custom settings of every employee.
This means as soon as employees book a desk, the desk will readjust its settings to those previously set by that employee. When they’re done, it’ll automatically readjust to whoever uses it next. No need to assign desks to specific employees. The entire office can be used with complete flexibility with a combination of SmartDesk Hybrid and Hybrid Office software.
3. Communication Tool: Jam
Simplify the chaos when working remotely with Jam. While remote workers are accustomed to getting bogged down with Slack threads, Zoom links, and Meet invites, Jam replaces all three of them with one simple, intuitive solution. Jam allows employees to easily interact with each other in teams and groups, with a convenient built-in chat and push-to-talk system.
Meetings are quicker, responses are instantaneous—it’s like having all the benefits of meeting in person, but remotely. The future of hybrid working is Jam.