A year after Covid-19 began spreading across the globe, we’re beginning to see, first hand, how radically the world of work has changed. For years, we’ve had the tools, knowledge and space to function beyond the outdated cubicle culture. What we lacked? The willpower to ‘leave it behind’.
Will the pandemic kill the office as we know it? With virtually everything in life, the answer is multidimensional, and it doesn't fall in either territory but, instead, a mix of both office and remote culture.
Nearly a year into working from home, or locally, both employers and employees have concluded that remote work is not all that bad. A large chunk of the population has come to love it. According to a survey in Fast Company, 71% of employers noted they would allow their employees to work remotely when the lockdown restrictions were really lifted. An additional 60% of CEOs claimed that there was no impact on their workers’ productivity and 16% said productivity increased.
Hybrid-work models help businesses remain agile and give them the ability to adapt quickly to unexpected circumstances to keep their operations running throughout the uncertain times the pandemic has thrown at us.
So, what are the benefits of a hybrid-workforce?
Increased employee satisfaction
Increased efficiency may be attributed to no commute, fewer workplace distractions and more freedom to work during the hours that are best for each individual. Working hours that work for one employee do not necessarily work across the board -- and guess what? That’s ok.
In fact, according to Insight, 49% of employees would take a salary cut to have more flexible work options from their employers. This proves the real value employees hold in maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Sustainability and a reduced carbon footprint
According to statistics from Carbon Trust, working remotely can save upwards of £3-billion a year in costs for UK employers and employees and save over 3-million tonnes of carbon a year. That’s huge!
By not having to maintain a physical office building, companies across the globe can dramatically cut costs of rent, office supplies, utilities, and can reinvest cost savings for growth. This year, Carbon experts predict the environmental impacts of the pandemic will contribute to the largest-ever annual fall in global carbon emissions.
Improved employee mental health and well-being
There’s no doubt that covid has had a deep impact on mental health worldwide. Isolation, health concerns, and economic uncertainty have together caused a staggering 27% drop in self-reported mental wellness in the workplace across all segments and populations.
A study by pop found that 60% of employees splitting their week between working at home and working onsite and 54% of employees working from home and onsite at will reported that they were doing well, while only 50% of employees working exclusively at home and 43% of employees working on site said that they were doing well.
It’s clear that hybrid-work models have a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health at work.
The best of both worlds, truly!
A hybrid team means you get both office and remote employees. In the traditional sense, having an office is great for connecting with and sharing ideas with colleagues. However, with the addition of a remote workforce, your team gets access to the rest of the globe. This is great for coming up with fresh and original ideas, creating diversity, and can be especially helpful if you have clients in different timezones.
At WorkClub, we pride ourselves on our diverse team of skilled entrepreneurs. We’ve built a rockstar team (across the globe, in fact!) from the ground up and we believe that together, we can accomplish and overcome anything.
After all, we are building the future that we want to work in. We invite you the chance to invest in the future of work and take part in our journey as we take on the world of remote working.