As business leaders begin planning for a post-pandemic workforce, it’s important to consider that 77% of employees said they would like to continue working remotely, and another survey even revealed that 30% would quit their jobs entirely if required to return to their desks.
Still, many employees and employers do recognize the benefits of in-person work. This is especially true as all the time people have spent videoconferencing during the pandemic has made Zoom fatigue prevalent. What’s more, technology simply can’t replace the full experience of collaborating and engaging in person.
A hybrid work approach could be the happy medium for many. This model offers employees more flexibility when it comes to where and how they work. A hybrid approach can bring greater work-life balance for employees, reduce office expenses for business leaders, and even attract more talent and increase retention.
To realize the benefits of a hybrid workforce, business leaders should address the following considerations:
Proximity to talent
A great part of a hybrid model is that it can open the door to recruiting talent from anywhere. If you do take this approach, however, consider how you might be able to bring the business closer to them to make in-person collaboration easier when it’s necessary.
“Some roles can be performed from anywhere, but you might need local employees who can commute to your new location during the workweek,” said Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership. “Plus, about 68% of executives think employees should be in the office at least three days a week to maintain a strong company culture. If the town or city you move to has a strong talent pool, you’ll be able to find the workers you need to support your business expansion.”
The pandemic forced employees to adapt swiftly and find new ways to do their best work. Wise business leaders will continue embracing that innovation rather than jumping back into the way things once were. Restructuring your work environment will take time and careful consideration, but the flexibility it will bring to your people and the benefit you will see in return can be well worth the effort.
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