Why Hybrid Working Will Be the Next Big Thing in India

Soundhariya Viswanathan / Reading Time: 4 mins

The COVID-19 shutdown triggered by the virus's rampant proliferation caused global industry disruptions on a scale never previously seen in human history. As if this was not enough, war and climate challenges have caused the global economies gloomier than ever.

During the pandemic, the organizations overcame the productivity challenges by continuing to work from home and remaining productive. But the current conditions, we are seeing weaker quarterns and tightening of budgets across businesses.

Although, the global economy is under recession, India continues to be steadier than the rest. Now, the issue remains, how are we going to adapt to continued business challenges yet continue to function to remain profitable. With increasing economic pressure, business leaders are looking for ways to cost optimise.

While the debate on ways to cut operational expenses, return to office, worklife balance continues, here is an understanding how the hybrid work is a long-term viable model of work in the current era.

Read on to find out 🔍

Understanding the New Normal

Ever since companies decided to allow remote work, employees welcomed it as a respite from having to commute to work every single day. Everyone viewed this as an opportunity to strike the correct balance between work-life. In the process of striking the right balance, employers and the employees noticed that the levels of productivity increased significantly. Though productivity increased, the level of burnout also increased proportionally. The understanding of the point between optimum productivity and not becoming a burnout victim has become unclear to most people.

With all companies adapting to a new hybrid model of work, it becomes important to get a clear idea as to how this is going to take shape in the future

Work From Home

Since many companies started implementing work from home procedures and protocols, companies started noticing that the level of productivity increased markedly. This can be attributed to the following reasons:

  1. Lack of commute: Since employees did not have to commute to work, they did not have to go through a stressful routine with waking up at dawn, cooking food, packing lunches, and navigating through roads chock-a-block with traffic. The elimination of such a stressful routine kept the employees in a fresh state of mind when they started their day in a remote setup.

  2. Flexibility: With employees working from home, they could complete whatever work that had been assigned to them within the deadline. And there was no need to dress up and get ready for meetings, work from home also meant work in pyjamas!

  3. Reduced Distractions: At home, the number and duration of tea breaks came down and so did the water cooler conversations with that chatty colleague.

  4. Extra Savings: By not having to travel to work, a substantial amount of money is being saved - be it petrol, office lunches, snacks, and so on.

With so many advantages, everyone seems to want to take to this style of working for the future. However, there are a few disadvantages as well. The main one being a poor work-life balance. People started working extra hours, more than what they might have when they went to the office.

New forms of Hybrid Working

People have now adjusted to remote working from their homes, so companies are now looking to change their styles of working and are trying to encourage hybrid working models.

Listed below are some of the latest models that have been designed:

  • Remote Locations - This includes not just working from home but coworking spaces as well. Nowadays, you can hire meeting rooms for rent and you can find them on platforms like GoFloaters. Such rooms are available all around the country. Taking up such state-of-the-art meeting rooms on rent, allows remote workers to utilise the latest technology such as projectors, video conferencing facilities and a drawing board setup to conduct their meetings.
  • Office split week Model - With this model, a lot of companies are looking to bring in employees to the office at least one or two times in a week. This is to ensure that there is enough face to face interactions between the employees.
  • Work by Work Model - Sometimes a certain team in the company might have to work all through the week before they can carry over their work to be done from home. So the office can be taken by the particular team. In the following weeks, other teams can utilise the office space for such similar planning and coordination. If, in case, the team needs to meet up and work, there is always the choice of taking meeting rooms on rent.

With all the companies around the world opting and allowing employees to either work from home or from remote locations, the new working model of the future is being set up. The hybrid working model of work insists on the work times being split between the office, home, and at meeting rooms. The idea is to keep the productivity level of the employees at an optimum scale. To explore meeting rooms for rent and other features of coworking spaces available, visit GoFloaters.

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