The work from home movement didn’t start in 2020. Actually, thousands of people around the world have already enjoyed the perks and benefits of remote work even before the global pandemic. Take digital nomads and freelance writers, for example. With only a laptop and internet connection, they can travel anywhere and still earn a living.
In fact, the #NewNormal isn’t necessarily new. Remote work was always going to go mainstream; the pandemic just accelerated the process. Since it doesn’t rely on a fixed physical location, it became the perfect way to keep businesses running even during lockdowns.
And now, it’s even evolved into another relatively new setup: the hybrid work model.
These days, hybrid working is expected to usher in the golden age for workers. For one, it combines remote working benefits with those of a traditional office setting, allowing the stakeholders to experience the best of both worlds.
Apparently, there are four opportunities that hybrid working presents to make this so. Let’s take a look:
Prioritise Human Health and Wellness
The COVID-19 virus made us realise what’s truly important: good health, safety, and having our loved ones around. Your remote employees (or at least their priorities) have changed. The ones who left your office to work from home last 2020 will no longer be the same ones who will return.
Despite vaccine rollouts the world over, workers still hesitate to go back and mingle with their co-workers, especially those who remain unvaccinated. The hybrid work model allows them to limit their interactions with their workers, even if they have to go into the office, by giving them a say over their work schedule.
Build Up Towards A Digital Future In 2025
Remote work is here to stay. For example, some studies show that by 2025, the workforce will be more dispersed and remotely functioning. Workers will have more flexibility when it comes to their jobs and schedules, simply because a WFH option is quickly becoming the new signing bonus. Most importantly, employers can focus on getting the best employees for the job anywhere – as opposed to who can do the best job in a specific location.
When designing your hybrid work model, envision the kind of digital future you want for your company. What upcoming trends could have a negative impact on your business model? What changes should you implement to prepare your company for inevitable challenges?
Addressing these as you plan will help you prepare for more opportunities -and increase your chances of success in the near future.
Explore Hybrid Workplace Mobility
Majority of workers now prioritise mobility. I mean, who wouldn’t? Millions of employees have tried remote working for the first time last year – and they liked it. You can bet that a lot of them aren’t ready (or willing) to go back to the office setting.
In extreme cases, some people would rather quit than give up remote working. Instead of risking the loss of your key people, why not offer hybrid work as a compromise?
For example, why not allow employees to work from home and just report to the office once or twice a week? For those who prefer to -and have to – work alongside others, they can try the opposite.
Accelerate Advances In Workplace Technology
Investing in a digital workforce can go a long way, and there are many ways to achieve this. One is to equip your office with updated software and digital tools. Another is to implement inexpensive digital marketing strategies if such isn’t possible.
Either strategy is guaranteed to cultivate further innovation. Thus, we can expect to see many developers come up with even better productivity software as the world adapts to a digital workplace.
Success can sometimes entail taking a leap into the unknown. Fortunately, you’re not the only person at a crossroads. Many businesses have already found their footing in the digital world, thanks to hybrid work models and a robust and remote workforce.
If you’re looking to do the same, Remote Staff is here to assist you. We have been helping Australian SMEs and entrepreneurs like you find skilled remote workers from the Philippines since 2007. If you need help finding, hiring, and onboarding the right staff for your remote workforce, we’ve got you covered.