5 Strengths and Weaknesses of Hybrid Work
Much has been talked about hybrid work since 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic demanded companies worldwide to adapt to a new method of assigning and executing work. For some companies, it was a routine already put in place; for others, perhaps the biggest challenge was to adapt to this new working system. In this article, you will see 5 strengths and weaknesses of hybrid work. Anyhow, it was nearly a survival rule for organisations to discover the best ways to work remotely in the past three years, and now it seems to be part of a business’s daily basis.
The year is 2023, we have now adjusted to living with Covid, and things have kind of settled, most companies managed to get back to normality, and now we ask what next? For some employers and employees, hybrid work came to stay, but there is a lot to think about before believing this is the way to work in the future. Fundamentally, each hybrid work has its ups and downs. It is up to different types of industries and companies to make the right decision for their organisation and stakeholders. Still, first, it is important to know there are similarities between “flexible” and “hybrid” work, which all involve working remotely – mostly partially from home, partially from the office space. However, flexible work is mainly conditioned by the employee, when the employer conditions the hybrid to decide how many days to be worked from home and how many days to be worked from the workplace. Second, it is essential to understand that in an organisation, there are different types of people with different lifestyles and situations, so what may be beneficial to someone cannot be for another person.
Here are 5 Strengths and Weaknesses of Hybrid Work:
Strengths: Can increase productivity – Some people find it easier to focus on work in a quiet environment, away from distractions and interruptions, which helps them develop and deliver projects more effectively and faster. Weaknesses: Can reduce productivity – However, not every employee is able to transform their home into an office. It can be difficult for some people to focus on getting the job done in an environment not designed for work. Sometimes the office space is the only environment that provides some employees with a space to concentrate.
Strengths: Increases team motivation – Working from home allows the team to be their own managers and develop organisation and self-management skills, build more self-confidence and more ability to solve problems, which is very positive regarding autonomy and professional responsibility. Weaknesses: Probability of procrastination – On the other hand, some people may find it difficult to work without leadership and may get lost in the process. Also, the lack of interaction between the team can disrupt the learning process and professional opportunities to learn new tasks and skills, which can block professional growth.
Strengths: Offering staff convenience – Allowing staff to work remotely can save commuting time, providing better welfare and free time for employees. In addition, it allows employees to have more quality time with family and friends. Weaknesses: Can be unpredictable – Having the team working on different sites affords the chances of having issues with varying internet speeds and distractions, and it might be more difficult to interact and keep connected with staff. Furthermore, some people might not have access to tools they would have when working together in an office, such as a proper desk, chair, etc.
Strengths: Prevents sick leave – Working from home decreases the chances of spreading infections among employees. Also, some people feel more satisfied working from home, which helps keep their immune system from getting weak and prevents chances of burnout. Weaknesses: Increases chances of depression – According to a scientific brief released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the pandemic triggered a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide, which is a worry in terms of mental health for those working from home and lacking human interaction.
5. Work development
Strengths: Improves the level of self-learning – Working outside the workplace has been an opportunity to learn on your own. With the lack of human interaction, people are becoming more self-sufficient. For some, this has been an excellent time to learn and develop new tools and skills, be it through research tools, digital courses, or all the range of options the internet provides nowadays. Weaknesses: Decreases the potential of building lasting friendships – It is important to think not everyone lives a great life and has good family relationships. Sometimes their interaction with co-workers in the office space might be all they have as an outlet. Furthermore, working from home can be tricky to know when to stop and disconnect from work, leading to burnout.
The world is living in a period of big adaptation and reflection, and maybe it is still too early to say if we will completely switch to a cohort that spends more time at home than at the office. And although for many, working remotely sounds like the perfect future, hybrid work may not be practical for everyone. This can be a step behind culture, innovation, hardship to switch off from work, and lack of inter-team interaction. It is essential to consider a trial period to evaluate the development of each individual employee and be open to setting up human and digital adjustments.
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