You are looking into the future and not seeing a possibility for hybrid work models in your company? We want to encourage you to look even closer.
In this article you'll get to know more about other companies learnings and the benefits of hybrid work as an opportunity for your company.
In August 2022, IDC investigated developments in Work Transformation across different industries in Germany*. The results give rise to exciting thoughts.
What is Work Transformation? As defined by IDC: 'Work Transformation' means a shift from traditional workplaces to ones that foster collaboration between people and technology and therefore supports a connected and safe environment which is not tied to a specific place and time.
The IDC study finds that 62% of the companies surveyed plan hybrid work models. Compared to the 35% which planned to implement hybrid work last year, this shows a clear direction: the potential of hybrid work models has been recognized**.
The perks of hybrid work are far-reaching
According to IDC a majority of the companies want to offer remote work options to improve the employee experience (43%) or to continue the already existing positive experience with remote options (40%). 38% of the surveyed companies follow a pragmatic approach and want to save costs through hybrid work. By changing job models companies primarily aim to save costs, increase productivity and improve employee satisfaction.
A study by Gallup*** interviewed over 8.000 employees which are currently working hybrid to get a better understanding of their perspective on benefits and challenges. The studie's key results provide an interesting perspective:
The top advantages reported from employees were:
Improved work-life balance
More efficient use of time
Freedom to choose when and were to work
Less burnout or fatigue
Employees also reported their biggest challenges when working hybrid:
Less access to work resources and equipment
Feeling less connected to organization's culture
Decreased team collaboration and impaired working relationship with coworkers
Reduced cross-functional communication and collaboration
More difficulty with coordinating work schedules, tasks and timelines
How are hybrid workers spending their time on-site versus at home?
This is where it gets really interesting.
While 60% of the surveyed on-site employees spend most of their time with meetings and collaborative work with colleagues and 40% of on-site workers spend most of thier time in meetings with supervisors; they also dedicate their time to meetings with customers (35%) or using tools they don't have access to at home (49%).
When working from home employees report to mostly do independent work (89%), training or other development opportunities (27%) or other innovative work (such as product development; 26%).
These results show the magic hybrid work can do: Giving employees the opportunity to get the best of both worlds by spending some days in the office - to use for agreements or other collaborative work - and some days at home for deep focus working and creative tasks.
According to Sabrina Schmitt - head of the IDC study - the triad of technology, work culture and workplace design is crucial and one cannot work without the other. Nonetheless, Schmitt also points out: With regard to the use of technology, the improvement of work culture and the design of work-spaces, organisations across all sections have a lot of catching up to do to make a successful future of hybrid working happen.
While these challenges - with all their complexity - seem difficult at first: they are not insolvable and a few simple approaches can make a big difference.
Stay tuned to learn more about possible options to guard your company on the right track for a successful hybrid work model in our next article.
Curious about your possibilities? Reach out to us now to look into your companies way of working, the possibilities for hybrid work or to collaboratively get over some challenges you may experience. We are looking forward to discuss the perks of and approaches on hybrid working models with you.