A McKinsey survey conducted in 2021 found that 52 percent of 5,000 respondents would like to work two or more days a week using a hybrid work model: working partly at the office and partly remote. The study aptly illustrates the need for organizations to recognize and adapt to employee expectations to retain and attract employees.
Few would dispute that the hybrid working model has clear advantages for employees and employers alike: saving both time and money on commuting, more flexible working conditions, the possibility to combine work and personal life, a faster recruitment process and greater opportunities to attract talent in other countries, are just a few of the reasons why companies are willing to adopt a hybrid work model. However, the hybrid working comes with a few risks and challenges that not all businesses may be able to accurately assess.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
One of the biggest challenges is trying to make the hybrid work model ideal. The hybrid model is far more complex than our usual work model, as it requires measures for greater employee safety, appropriate arrangements with employees, different interaction between colleagues and teams, the introduction of document management systems, and so on.
Just as the world once experimented and applied the concept of open plan offices, so now businesses around the world are experimenting with hybrid work models. Thus far, no one has established what a universal ideal model would be for everyone.