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Conversations around the return to the office are happening now, and yet, there’s still lingering ambiguity around what the return will look like. Many employees are looking to stay remote, while an equally sized cohort of employees is looking to work in person again.
The hybrid-remote model is emerging as the great equalizer.
While not all companies will offer this model, it’s an increasingly popular choice for companies big and small. And for employees, after over a year in workplace limbo, the hybrid model could mark a step toward normalcy.
Understandably, some employees still might be uncertain whether the hybrid model will work for them. After a year of working from home, many of us have become accustomed to Zoom calls and home offices, but there are additional factors to consider when determining whether a hybrid work model is the best fit for you:
Commutes can be a significant hassle that puts workers under stress before their workday even begins. Folks working in-office can face long commutes. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau report, the average commute time for Americans was 26 minutes each way. In higher population states like New York and California, this time only increased.
Commuting to and from the office makes up for a sizeable chunk of many employees’ waking hours, but with a hybrid model, the number of required commutes every week is reduced. In-office days are minimized, allowing workers to commute to work only a few times a week.
If workers don’t have to take long, arduous commutes to get to and from work, they’re not as likely to be burnt out. A study by the University of Montreal showed that long commutes play an active role in burnout. Reduced commutes could lead to a happier work-life balance.
The hybrid model allows workers to make more decisions about where and how they work. As travel begins to open back up, many will want to put that pent-up wanderlust into action and pack their bags. With a hybrid model, this is more of a possibility for workers than ever in the past.
The hybrid model also gives employees increased flexibility in “designing” their work environment, with more decision-making power about when they work in-office and when they don’t.
For many, work-from-home made it challenging to feel a sense of belonging, leading to loneliness and isolation. The option of plugging into an office community enables team bonding and socialization. With a hybrid model, employees can choose to maximize the time they spend at the office.
After over a year of uncertainty, offices across the world are opening their doors once again. Still, feelings of unease persist, and a rushed return to a fully in-office work environment is ill-advised. Thus, many employers have decided to go the hybrid route, allowing workers to ease back into work while increasing their autonomy and flexibility.
If you’re looking to join a company currently operating a hybrid work policy, there’s a lot to consider. The hybrid work model gives employees numerous benefits that an office-first or entirely remote model simply does not.
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