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Hybrid Working Pros & Cons According to Employers

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With hybrid working fast becoming one of the most commonly talked about topics for the majority of businesses, we thought it would be interesting to see what those affected actually think about it. Since the COVID / Coronavirus pandemic hit us many employees were forced to start working from home, and as restrictions have been lifted hybrid working has been implemented across various organisations. Whilst there were no huge surprises in the results of our survey, it was interesting nonetheless to see what people think the advantages and disadvantages are.

How many are going to implement hybrid working?

Our first finding was that 90% of organisations that completed the survey have already or plan to implement hybrid working in the next year. Certainly it’s the minority that are not implementing hybrid and there will be good reasons for that. For some industries, it’s just not possible to have hybrid working, for example, hospitality, factories and the care sector.

What are the concerns?

We asked about areas of most and least concern with hybrid working, with ten different options for each.  Areas of MOST concern was management of people with almost 60%. Followed by Employee mental wellbeing with close to 50% of respondents citing this as an area of worry.

When asked about areas of LEAST concern to employers,over 60% said additional costs, and office set up was not a big concern either.  So perhaps we can take from that that employers want to focus on the small achievable steps now and not worry about ripping out offices.

Also encouragingly, lack of visibility of employees and presenteeism are of least concern too. Showing how the last couple of years has really helped us build trust in having our employees work from home.

Outcomes from hybrid working

We also asked for the top three positive and negative outcomes of hybrid. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top two positive outcomes were improved work life balance and less commuting time. We think we can all agree that that’s a real positive outcome of hybrid.

It was also encouraging to see environmental impact is important to people as well. Especially on the back of COP 26 in Glasgow in November last year.

In terms of negative outcomes, reduced knowledge transfer was almost at 70%, and challenges in training and mentoring were also a major concern. It will come as no great surprise that loss of culture is a concern too. Most of us miss those ‘water cooler moments’, a wee chat over the boiling kettle in the morning, or just being able to drop by a colleague’s desk without having to call them on Teams.

Full results from hybrid working survey

Click here or on the image below to see the charts showing the areas of most and least concern, and the top three positive and negative outcomes.

The future for hybrid working?

It will be interesting to see how various businesses implement hybrid working principles according to their own guidelines and cultures. Hopefully we can carry out another survey later this year and have some comparison results to share with you.

If you are looking for more advice, FD People would be delighted to help. We also have some great free resources available to download. Such as our Hybrid Working Policy Template and Hybrid Working DSE & Self-Assessment Form.

Please get in touch by emailing enquiries@fdpeople.co.uk or by calling 0141 221 2984.

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