The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost every aspect of the world, and the world of work is no exception to that. One of the most notable changes in the way that we work has been the trend towards hybrid working: a system of work that aims to combine the benefits of working from an office with those of working from home. Hybrid working largely came about because most people were suddenly forced to work from home practically overnight as countries compelled their citizens to stay at home to curb the spread of the virus.
Once people were working from home (many of whom had never done so in the past) they realised that it came with some great benefits, but also some drawbacks. These are often the opposite for office and home working: the office is great for collaboration and poor for focused work, while working at home is great for solo work but can cause issues with collaboration. Many companies have been surprised to find that they have actually performed at least the same or even better with everyone working remotely and have now turned their attention to unifying these experiences to leverage the benefits of both.
Amalgamating these two approaches has proven difficult however. It is often hard to gauge what level of hybrid working is right for the organisation or if it is right at all. If you are confident of that, it is often unclear how that will affect the office space provided for staff or how you might need to change how you operate to support employees. And then the big question: how can you know if it is actually working well? This series will guide readers through how to answer the big questions of hybrid working to fully attain the opportunities of a hybrid workforce.
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