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The New Normal: Embracing a Hybrid Work Model for a Post-Pandemic World

As remote work becomes the norm, IPA offers insights into the benefits and drawbacks of working from home and in the office, as well as the potential of a hybrid working model.

Are you ready to embrace the future of work? As a recruitment company, IPA has been on the front lines of the monumental changes that have occurred over the past year. The pandemic has revolutionised how we work, with remote work becoming the new norm. While this shift has had its advantages, such as increased flexibility and productivity, it has also brought new challenges, such as the lack of social interaction and burnout. But fear not, because there is a solution that combines the best of both worlds.

In a recent Forbes article, Tracy Brower highlights the importance of social interaction and the potential health consequences of social isolation. She argues that the social benefits of being in the office should not be overlooked, and that a hybrid work model can balance the benefits of both remote work and in-person work.

As recruiters, we believe it’s important for our clients to carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks of both remote work and in-person work, and to explore the potential of a hybrid work model that can provide the best of both worlds. In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of remote work, in-person work, and hybrid work, as well as provide action points for how to best transition to a hybrid work model.

Working from home: The Benefits

We’ve found that working from home has numerous benefits for both employers and employees alike. From a productivity standpoint, many of our candidates report that they can work without distractions such as office chatter and meetings. And for those who have a long commute or have to dress up for work, remote work can be a real stress-reliever.

One of the key benefits of remote work is the flexibility and autonomy it provides. This allows employees to tailor their work schedules to their personal lives, whether it’s taking care of children or pursuing hobbies. For candidates, remote work can also expand their job search beyond geographic limitations. As recruiters, we can source talent from a wider pool and match them with employers who value remote work.

Overall, we believe that remote work is a viable option for many companies, and we encourage both employers and employees to consider the benefits and drawbacks of remote work as they navigate the future of work.

Working in the office: The Benefits

While remote work has its benefits, we believe that there are also some significant advantages to working in an office environment. For one thing, face-to-face interaction can be incredibly valuable for building team cohesion, communication, and collaboration. In certain industries, such as marketing or advertising, having in-person brainstorming sessions or client meetings can be crucial for generating new ideas and building strong relationships.

In addition, being in a dedicated workspace can help with focus and productivity. When working from home, it can be easy to get distracted by household chores, family members, or the allure of the couch. But in an office setting, employees are able to separate work from home life and can establish a clear boundary between the two.

Finally, working in the office provides structure and routine, which can help employees maintain a healthy work-life balance. Having set work hours and a dedicated workspace can help employees establish a routine and avoid the temptation to work outside of regular hours. This can be especially important for those who struggle with work-life balance or who have difficulty unplugging from work.

For employers, having employees in the office can make it easier to manage and monitor productivity, and can also provide opportunities for mentoring and professional development. Being able to walk around and observe employees in action can be a great way to identify areas for improvement and to offer guidance and support. And with in-person meetings and training sessions, employees can have more opportunities for learning and growth.

Overall, we believe that there are benefits to both remote work and working in the office, and that a hybrid work model can help companies strike the right balance between the two.

The Hybrid Model: Finding the Best of Both Worlds

While working from home and working in an office both have their benefits, a hybrid working model that combines the best of both worlds is increasingly becoming the preferred choice. By allowing employees to work from home on some days and come into the office on others, a hybrid model provides the perfect balance between productivity and social interaction.

For candidates, a hybrid model offers the flexibility of remote work with the added benefits of face-to-face interaction. This can be especially useful for those who have personal commitments or caring responsibilities.

For employers, a hybrid model can boost productivity and job satisfaction, while also allowing for the benefits of face-to-face interaction and monitoring. It can also provide the opportunity to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace by offering more flexible work arrangements.

Recent data supports the benefits of a hybrid model, with surveys showing that over 50% of employees want to work remotely at least three days a week. Additionally, employees who work in a hybrid model are more satisfied with their work-life balance and more likely to feel connected to their colleagues than those who work solely in the office or remotely.

In conclusion, there are benefits to both remote work and working in the office, but a hybrid model offers the best of both worlds. As recruiters, we understand the importance of finding the right fit for both employers and candidates, and we encourage our clients to consider a hybrid model that works for their specific needs.

Jamie Kidd

National Marketing Manager | | LinkedIn

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