As of 2020 companies have forever changed how they manage workers and how they view the hybrid work model. During the pandemic many professionals started working from home and with the lockdown both the worker and the company realized that there are advantages and disadvantages of working from home, home office.
With the arrival of the pandemic, companies have also learned to value employee well-being and to be more flexible, resulting in increased productivity.
Hybrid working model
The hybrid work model, which until 2020 was not put into practice by most companies, is now no longer a trend and is a reality for many professionals in the most diverse areas.
This work model combines teleworking with going to the office. In this way, the team is rotated and office visits are combined with the company’s needs, for example for face-to-face meetings, if necessary.
Advantages Hybrid Working Model
The Covid-19 pandemic and the compulsion to confine brought mixed emotions to managers and employers who saw the hybrid working model as synonymous with a lack of productivity. This idea was quickly debunked when a large proportion of companies have seen productivity maintain and in many cases rise over the last year and a half.
This work model gives each employee flexibility and freedom both in time management and in the management of the projects to which they are dedicating themselves. This self-management allows the professional to work at the times he or she is most productive and with greater concentration.
The freedom in the daily management of tasks and the reduction of commuting time has contributed to the well-being of all professionals. Especially in big cities like Lisbon, stress starts early in the morning when commuting to the office with an endless time in traffic.
In this sense the hybrid working model gives employees the “best of both worlds”. If on the one hand there are employees who prefer to work alone from anywhere, there are also professionals who feel the need to socialize and change spaces.
The reduction of transportation costs for the employee and consequently the reduction of maintenance and consumables expenses for the company are some of the advantages of the hybrid working method.
It is true that there were and there are several discussions about who is allocated some of the costs of telework or even hybrid work. The labor law in Portugal and in the world will undergo future changes that contemplate the new ways of being and working.
Diversification of the work team
AThe new way of working has demystified telework, but also the hiring of professionals who live in another city or have adapted a digital nomad lifestyle and work. This work model allows the company to attract talent without limits!
Although vaccination in Portugal is proceeding quickly and smoothly, safety and the pandemic still linger in the minds of many Portuguese professionals, especially in a work context.
The adaptation of safety measures, such as wearing masks in enclosed spaces, crowding of spaces, and social distancing is still very present today. The hybrid working method allows professionals and employers to work safely and without reaching the crowded offices.
Is your company still not a fan of this work model? Although the hybrid model has been adapted and well received by many companies, there are others that continue to resist the evolution of the labor reality. The implementation of processes softens the introduction of this work model, planning tools for teams, task time accounting, among others, are excellent to start and test this new reality.
The advantages of hybrid working for companies and employees have changed the paradigm of the working world.
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