Andrew Crossley

Andrew Crossley

Founder of Wocal

What I cover in our Hybrid Working guide

In this section we take look at how working from home became the new normal, and how it introduced a new way of working.

In this section, we will explain what hybrid working is to help you understand the benefits to employees and companies.

In this section, we will be discussing the benefits of hybrid work and why so many people are switching to this approach.

Remote working has become more popular than ever. There are many reasons for this, In this section we share our opinion on why you should try hybrid working for your company.

The challenges associated with hybrid working are not yet clear because it is still a new phenomenon and there are not many studies on it yet. However, we share our experience and knowledge of what we know so far.

Full time office? Hybrid to stay? or fully remote? 

Working From Home

According to data from the Office of National Statistics, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic only around 5% of the UK workforce worked mainly from home. The pandemic, and government mandates for people to stay at home, increased this significantly. 

It is no surprise that the rise of remote work has been a hot topic in recent years. Remote working has been on the rise for decades, but it seems like the conversation has reached a fever pitch. Working remotely is not only more convenient and flexible, but it also provides various benefits to employees and employers alike.

Remote work is not just about working at home. It can be done from any location, it’s one of the reasons we’re building our platform Wocal, Creating a network of local hospitality venues where people can work, meet and exchange ideas in a welcoming, remote-friendly social atmosphere.

Remote work gives you the freedom to choose where you want to be productive while still being able to make money and contribute to society in ways that are meaningful for you.

It's not for everyone

or at least not full-time.

I have been working from home since 2017 and although significant and fun at first a few things started to kick in after what I call a ” dating period ” working from home becomes a place where you work, eat, sleep and relax so it becomes one place.

Although I’m sure many love this, it’s not for everyone.

Sometimes going to the office becomes an extension of your social life.

After spending most of my time working at home, I started to miss socializing with my team and new people, this was impacting my mental health as I’m not the type of person who likes to stay in the same place constantly.

Switching up your environment and going out and meeting new people, attending networking events or doing a meet-up with your team can really help.

Having your own private space should be a priority.

After working from home since 2017, I tried to work in the kitchen, sitting room and other rooms at home. It just didn’t work well for me, there was just to many distractions.

I ended up creating my own home office, it helped with trying to stay focused, complete projects and for me to try and seperate work from home.

If possible, try to fill your private space with things that you love as this can help with productivity and creativity.

We all have some fear of missing out on something, it could be some gossip, the latest company news or some celebration. These things can be missed over zoom/meets. 

What is Hybrid Working?

Working from home
Hybrid Working

Hybrid working is a type of work that combines the flexibility of remote work with the benefits of in-person office time. In this article, we will explore ways hybrid working can benefit employees and companies.

The idea is that it gives employees the best of both worlds: they get to work remotely when they want, but also have in-person office time when they need it.

Why are so many
people switching to a
hybrid working approach?

Companies are increasingly switching to a hybrid approach because it offers some great benefits including a better work-life balance and more opportunities for growth and development.

In this section, we will be discussing the benefits of hybrid work and why so many people are switching to this approach.

One of the many benefits is that this type of work offers a better work-life balance. This means that people can enjoy their lives outside of the office and it also means that they can spend more time with their families or on other activities they enjoy.

It can also provide more opportunities for growth and development and hiring talent. This means that people have the opportunity to take on different projects or tasks which will help them develop new skills while still being able to maintain their current position at the company.

Should You Adopt Hybrid Working?

Saving that extra time on travel can have a good impact, it can give you more flexibility with spending time with loved ones, learning a new skill or doing side hustles.

Some companies like Spotify offer a ” work from anywhere policy ” meaning you can work from anywhere in the world!

However, it’s unlikely that SMEs would offer something like this as sometimes being in an office is needed.

Saving money is more important now then ever, not only does it save time and money on your commute but it can make a huge difference by having that extra time to yourself.

Office space and coworking space have a time and a place, after all running your own business comes a journey and you grow into these.

Spending money at the start of your business on office or coworking space can be exensive.

Saving that money can help you re-invest money back into the business or hire people to help grow your project.

Hybrid working does come with its challenges.

With the digital age leading to a new phenomenon of “hybrid working”, in which people work away from the office. It still poses many challenges for both employers and employees alike.

The United States is the first country to have a hybrid model. This model is gaining traction in other countries as well. For example, in the UK, there are now more than 2 million people who are working at home and about 1.2 million people who work from home at least one day per week.

The challenges are not yet clear because it is still a new phenomenon and there are not many studies on it yet. However, we can speculate that there might be some legal implications of hybrid working as well as some challenges related to security and privacy issues.

Employers have to deal with the legal implications of hybrid working, such as how they can enforce their policies when employees are not physically present at the workplace.

They also need to figure out how they can track employees who are not on site. Employees, on the other hand, have to deal with time management and productivity while they’re away from their desks.

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