If the 2020 pandemic showed us anything, it’s that we are resilient. Business owners sent their employees home for their safety but needed a way to continue serving their customers. Businesses and workers that never expected it were introduced to remote work. In fact, up to 70% of workers were working from home in 2020.
Now that workers are heading back to the office, business owners and workers alike are assessing the past year and how they felt about working remotely. Studies show that up to 96% of workers would like to work remotely at least part of the time.
So how can we send workers back to the office while keeping everyone satisfied? The answer is the hybrid office. The hybrid office combines remote and in-office workspaces in a variety of ways.
Types of Hybrid Offices:
In order to describe the hybrid office, we need to back up a few steps and give you some clear definitions. Below are a few ways to describe different office models. We have included in-office and full remote, just for clarification.
- In-Office: This refers to the traditional way of working. Workers go into an office every day to perform their work tasks.
- Remote/in-office combo: This type of set up has some employees work in the office full time and other employees work remotely.
- Partially remote: This model has employees work a few days in office and a few days remotely each week.
- Almost remote: This hybrid office model has employees only come into the office for face-to-face meetings and such. This can be once a week, once a month, or even just a few times a year.
- Full Remote: Business employees do not come into a physical office and work from wherever they have access to the internet.
Benefits of the Hybrid Office:
There are many benefits to the hybrid office. As a hybrid office, you are able to take the advantages of remote workers and combine them with the advantages of in-office perks. In short, they hybrid office is the best of both worlds. Below, we have listed some major benefits to a hybrid office.
Productivity– Traditionally, there was a fear that if workers work outside the office, productivity goes down. Stanford University did a study and found this to be untrue. In fact, employees who work remotely or partly remotely can produce almost an extra day of output per week.
Improved employee satisfaction– Flexibility is very important for workers. When business owners give employees choices, their satisfaction can go up. It’s great when employees can work in office or remotely. Some business owners go the extra mile and offer flexibility in work hours as well.
Reduced costs– increased productivity and improved employee satisfaction lead to less turnover. Employee turnover can be very expensive.
Increases Attendance– Although all hybrid office workers are entitled to sick days and days off, those workers who are at home already may choose to put time in that they would normally have to take off due to illness.
How to Make the Hybrid Office Work:
Now that you know what a hybrid office is and the benefits of a hybrid office, you need to understand what it technologies it takes to offer a hybrid work experience. The first thing you will need is a cloud-based communications system.
Cloud-based communications systems can be as simple as voice over internet protocol (VoIP) phones to whole-system unified communications. When your communications system is cloud-based, you can interact with the system from anywhere where you have an internet connection. This is possible through the desktop and mobile apps that come with these systems.
Creating Your Hybrid Office
GreenStar Solutions can make it possible for you to become a hybrid office. Our partner’s cloud-based solutions are packed full of the features you need to create a cohesive and productive work environment in and out of the office.
Contact us today to get equipped the top-of-the-line solutions your hybrid employees will love.