Hybrid Working #1: The benefits of hybrid working

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In this blog series, you’ll read more about hybrid working and our expert analysis of how to approach this new way of working where flexibility is commonplace for many businesses. The insights from this blog series come from our latest Hybrid Working whitepaper, in which you can find more in-depth information and useful advice regarding hybrid working. You can download it for free on our website. 

In this first blog, you’ll learn more about some of the benefits of hybrid working.

Of course, your biggest concern might be: are my employees working when at home? Or are they putting on a load of washing? Despite the difficulties of lockdown, more than two-thirds (71%) of CIPD survey participants said that homeworking had no detrimental impact on productivity. This figure is made up of 33% who said that productivity improved, and 38% who said it was unchanged. And seven in 10 said the increase in home working had either boosted or made no difference to productivity. Our research has also found the following benefits:

#1: Flexibility and agility

Homeworking enables more agility and flexibility in working arrangements. With employees no longer tied to an office, they may be better placed and more willing to work flexible hours such as earlier or later in the day or even at weekends. This may help you meet certain business needs e.g. if you are trading with customers residing in a different time zone.

#2: Improved employee retention

Homeworking can help retain employees who like the flexibility of home working as it can help reduce their commute and enable them to fit their work around their personal life. Being allowed to work from home, employees will also feel increased levels of trust from their employer, which can contribute greatly to staff loyalty.

#3: Attract new talent

Homeworking can be offered as an incentive to come and work for you, helping you to attract new talent to your business. Even just offering the option to work from home will give you an advantage in the job market over competitors that don’t offer home working as an option to their employees. It also allows you to attract talent from further afield, as you are not bound by geographical boundaries.

#4: Increased productivity

Due to fewer interruptions, which would normally occur in an office environment. By contrast, working from home
allows for a quieter environment that can facilitate more focused work. You may also find that employees will work longer hours as they can also use their time saved from commuting to start work earlier, later, or both.

#5: Increased employee motivation

By working from home, employees will feel more trusted by their employer as the working relationship isn’t as closely monitored and employees are allowed a degree of autonomy to get on with their work. Some employees appreciate developing a home working routine that suits them better and this can contribute towards them feeling more motivated to give their best.

Learn more about hybrid working

Of course, there are more benefits of hybrid working. Download our free whitepaper to discover which benefits hybrid working has to offer you. In the upcoming blogs of this series, you’ll learn more about the following:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of hybrid working;
  • Which considerations to take;
  • How to change a contractual form;
  • Hybrid working policy;
  • How to manage hybrid working;
  • Legal risks.

Do you want to read our full Hybrid Working whitepaper? You can download it for free!

Get in contact with an expert

Do you want to know how to approach hybrid working and achieve your business goals and dreams? Xeinadin Group is always happy to help you. Get in touch!

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