As technology advances, work is also changing. Many employees now have flexible working patterns in some form or another, with over half claiming they have at least some influence on when and where they work. However, hybrid working does not mean that employees are less productive, as there are many benefits for businesses that choose to adopt forms of flexible working.
The following components make up aspects of a hybrid working style. The degree to which each element works successfully will depend on the type of business and its objectives.
This is the ability to do your job in any location, removing the need for you to be tied into one geographical area. Technology enables this way of working; it allows employees to communicate electronically with their colleagues and clients wherever they are in the world at any given time. This can be done using technology such as Skype or web conferencing software, enabling them to keep communicating during their work time. However, the degree of benefits from having this level of flexibility will depend on individual employees.
Entails Use of Telecommuting
This refers to the ability for an employee to work from home, enabling them to avoid commuting times which can be stressful and just not practical. Instead, the employee can work from home in their own time without worrying about traveling or rush hour traffic. However, this working style may not suit all businesses as some employees are more productive when they are around other colleagues and have set office hours.
This refers to the ability for managers and clients to monitor what employees are doing during work hours, enabling them to carry out tasks without being physically present at their desks. This can be achieved by using online management software, which shows what each employee is doing on time tracking software, from opening up certain programs on the computer to taking phone calls and carrying out customer service via email. With this kind of technology, it becomes easier for employers as they have access to real-time information about various projects being worked on within their company.
This is the ability to do your job with colleagues and clients, either in person or via electronic means, outside of traditional office hours. Employees can work with their colleagues across the world through technology, which is especially popular for businesses that have employees operating in different time zones around the world. This method allows global teams to be closely connected regardless of geographical location, enabling collaboration on projects easily. However, this level of flexibility may not always suit every worker as some people enjoy having defined working hours or prefer to be based in one location.
Several companies have already adopted a hybrid working approach to their business strategy, as it is much more cost-effective and flexible for the modern-day workforce, which values autonomy over everything else. Some businesses are now offering employees up to four days per week to work from wherever they choose as long as they have access to a work laptop/tablet and Wi-Fi.
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