Hybrid working was introduced by many employers to encourage their fully remote workforce back to in office working on a flexible basis. Global statistics are difficult to find but research in the US shows 74% of previously office-based employees are now working on a hybrid basis. In Singapore 80% of employees favour hybrid working.
Data shows there are many benefits to working from home and office. Many employees report higher levels of productivity, better work life balance and much less time spent commuting. However, it has not been without its challenges. Employees are conscious of:
- Feeling less connected to company culture
- Not having the same access to resources
- Decreased collaboration
- Reduced amounts of communication
It is going to be essential for international HR teams to help employees accentuate the positives of hybrid working while mitigating the challenges. This may be in the form of changing the company culture, so it is easier to engage with in a hybrid workplace, encouraging employees to make collaboration and communication more intentional.