Traditionally there have always been two main approaches to working. The most common approach has always been in offices across many workplaces, with the rare exceptions for few employees and even less businesses operating completely remotely.
This article will discuss the pros and cons of both remote working and in office working and will explore the new approach that has been introduced following the covid-19 pandemic- the hybrid working model.
In Office working
Traditionally, most professional businesses have predominantly operated from a shared office workspace with dedicated desks to each employee. There are both positives and negatives of this approach to working that can have an effect on an array of components within your business.
- A professional workspace that gives you a dedicated space to bring clients, host meetings and work alongside employees.
- The workplace culture creates a community amongst the employees
- It offers the advantage of a place for employees to get together and collaborate on ideas
- Employers have control over the office environment
- Employees may have better access to tools and resources
- It can be expensive to pay rent on a physical office
- The commute and location of the office can limit the talent available for your job from working for you
- Can reduce employee motivation and productivity by hampering their work life balance
The other approach to working is remote working, whereby employees have the freedom to work from the comfort of their own home or chosen work space. Defaulting to entirely digital communication, remote working does not require the physical presence of employees in the offices and relies heavily upon digital technology.
- Saves money of rent on office space
- Has proven to increase productivity
- Employees feel more valued and trusted when given the opportunity to work from home
- Can hire talent from almost anywhere as they do not need to worry about the time and cost of commute
- Due to the fact that remote working relies heavily on technology, if this technology has any errors it can get in the way of important meetings or prevent employees from completing necessary work.
- As humans thrive off communication, remote working can increase feelings of loneliness and isolation.
- There may be increased distractions at home affecting level of work
- Some studies have shown that remote working actually worsens work life balance by preventing employees from being able to separate their home and work life and therefore their ability to switch off from work.
- It may limit the possibility of good co-worker relationships
So far, we have discussed both traditional in office work environments vs remote working, it is clear that there are benefits of both approaches but also cons. We recommend a new approach to the working environment. The hybrid model.
The hybrid approach combines the benefits of remote work with the benefits of in office work leading to the best results for your business. A staggering 77% of UK workers claim to see the hybrid approach as the way forward.
When the unprecedented global pandemic changed the workplace back in march 2020, we saw a sudden rise of remote working amongst almost all office jobs. Now, as life begins to return back to some form of normality, the hybrid approach is becoming increasingly popular for many businesses. One business who has effectively applied the hybrid approach to their working environment is Our Digital Team, a digital agency in Manchester who apply an office occasional approach. This approach means staff have the option to work in the office when they want a collaborative space but can also choose to work from home if that suits them better.
This approach has proved to be extremely successful by giving employees more flexibility and therefore improving their work life balance which has a knock-on effect and improves productivity levels of the staff. Will you be applying the hybrid approach to your business?