Why you might consider hybrid working
As an employer, you might be thinking about introducing hybrid working. You might be reviewing temporary arrangements made during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. An employee might have asked you about it.
Hybrid working can balance the benefits of working remotely (for example, working from home) and working in the workplace.
It can help:
- increase productivity and job satisfaction
- attract and retain a more diverse workforce
- improve trust and working relationships
For example, Ali worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This allowed them to save money by not commuting, and better look after their children. However, they have felt lonely and have found it difficult to collaborate on some work.
Ali doesn't want to return to the workplace full-time. Ali's employer could consider offering hybrid working.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given people experience of working in lots of different ways. To help you consider hybrid working for your organisation, you should consult your employees, managers and unions as soon as possible.
When considering hybrid working, you should discuss how other types of flexible working might help. For example, different working patterns.