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Why is hybrid working so important?

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By: Nick Gallimore – Director of Talent Transformation & Insight at Clear Review (an Advanced company) 

Hybrid working and the Great Resignation

The era of the Great Resignation is now truly underway, with around 50% of UK workers considering a job move! Many factors could make the difference between staff staying at your organisation, or looking for work elsewhere. One of the biggest factors for many is the hybrid working model their organisation chooses to implement. 

A recent survey carried out by Advanced shows us that less than 10% of staff wish to return to working in the office full time, with the vast majority favouring the idea of some type of hybrid working set up. But if handled incorrectly, hybrid working could have a negative effect on team dynamics, staff morale, productivity, and how your staff feel about you as an employer. 

As a result staff could be more likely to leave your organisation in order to go somewhere with a hybrid model that better suits their wants and needs.

What’s the answer?

So what is the right hybrid working model? Advanced’s research shows that the wants from staff an incredibly varied, with no clear winner for the preferred split of remote and office split.

50% of respondents wanted to spend no more than half the week in the office, 20% were happy to spend between 60% and 80% of their time at work and nearly a quarter (24%) wished to spend between 80% and 90% at home.

Empower your employees 

We can see the split in demand from hybrid working, and the most logical answer for this is simple: different people work better in different settings, and different roles / tasks are done better in different settings.

Creating an organisational culture where individuals are empowered to deliver outcomes by doing tasks wherever and whenever they want will deliver the best outcome.  We believe that employers who can achieve this stand to be well positioned to profit from improved productivity and retention. 

So, rather than asking staff to come into the office, for example, every Monday and Thursday, or a minimum of 3 days a week, ask them instead to be in the environment that best suits the task they are carrying out. 

Conclusion 

There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to hybrid working, this will be a lengthy process of trial and error. Just ensure that you main priority is the wellbeing of your work force, and keep having open and honest communication with them. As long as you are clear with staff about guidelines, and honest about why you have put them in place, you’re already on the right track.

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