Will Your Company Stay on the Hybrid Work Course During 2023?
Will hybrid work still exist in 2023? That’s a question employees and companies are both asking right now. The hybrid model started off as a safe way to reintegrate workers into the office following the lockdown years. But as it becomes increasingly more common to be back with your team, many employees show hesitancy to return. Remote work has a lot of benefits, ranging from greater work-life balance to lower operating expenses. However, many people also find that the drawbacks to complete remote lifestyles make hybrid work a more attractive option.
January 11, 2023
Hybrid Work Will Become Standard in 2023
The future of work is flexible, and hybrid work schedules are the embodiment of that. Rather than feel as though they have to choose between remote or traditional work environments, people can feel empowered by having a choice.
Companies also stand to gain a lot by embracing the hybrid work model. Gallup research reveals that hybrid work provides the opportunity for greater control over work hours, a chance to reduce burnout, and greater productivity from employees.
Additional perks noted in the research are:
Improved relationships with management
Greater professional development opportunities
More productivity during work hours
Greater connection to the company’s culture
Why Hybrid Work Is So Important to Employees
The love of hybrid/remote work options all comes down to one thing: freedom.
When employees feel free in their careers, they also feel more in control of their success.
Rather than seeing their achievements as mere deliverables for a company, they take pride in the work they do. They choose to work, and when to work, according to their needs. Some people may thrive during the early morning hours, and others do their best in the evening.
A hybrid schedule gives people the freedom to be flexible, and take better care of themselves as they perform their jobs.
Employers are still afraid to go hybrid, and many are demanding their workers to return now that it’s safe to do so. The biggest challenge they face is a lack of control. What empowers workers can make companies feel powerless.
But it doesn’t have to. Taking a different approach to hybrid work can lend organizations a chance to become more open-minded and inclusive.
Challenges Facing the Future of Work
There are three core problems employers will have going hybrid (if they haven’t already):
1. Integrating the change among offices with varied teams
2. Adopting the right technologies to keep data secure when people work remote
3. Finding the right balance between work-from-home hours and office hours
The solutions will have to arise individually within organizations. Cultural differences, industry, and the size of a company will shape how they go about adopting a hybrid model. Some businesses may feel comfortable giving their employees complete control over their day. Others may enforce stricter attendance policies to ensure that people are truly “at work” when they’re away from their desks.
As for whether hybrid work will still be popular in 2023, the answer is a resounding, “Absolutely.” In fact, the younger generation entering the workforce this year will expect employers to provide flexible schedules.
With greater fluidity, changes will also shape how the workplace supports its employees. Instead of traditional desks left unattended, companies should consider open seating plans that encourage collaboration.
Turning Hybrid Work Into an Asset
Companies will need the support of HR to fully integrate hybrid work into their business models. Adopting the right technologies early on in the year will set up organizations for the greatest success. In addition to providing on-demand training for employees, leadership can also benefit from training that helps them navigate hybrid management.