Make the hybrid work setup actually work

Hybrid work has created an environment where employees can work both onsite and remotely. With the premise of providing a good work-life balance and better savings, a good majority of Filipino employees prefer hybrid work. Although the numbers show an overwhelming majority, many companies still have reservations about this work setup, with the same survey indicating that only a small percentage of companies are prepared for hybrid work. 


Hybrid work can work effectively with these useful tips

To prepare a proper working environment for both the management and employees, there are four useful tips to follow to make a hybrid setup work:


    1. Create a Hybrid Model. A hybrid model is an approach to workforce management that drives increased productivity and job satisfaction. You can choose from four types of hybrid models: the flexible hybrid model, fixed hybrid model, office-first hybrid model, or remote-first hybrid model. No matter which model you choose, you must do proper research and communication between the management and the employees to see which can best fit the company or organization for better productivity. 


    1. Importance of portable equipment. Because a hybrid work setup usually requires in-office and remote work, employees must have equipment that can be portable. They should be equipped with the proper tools and apps such as Telavi Cloud which is an excellent unified communications platform where you can take and direct calls anytime and anywhere. 


    1. Make In-Office Days the new “Working Offsite”. Instead of thinking that working at the office is the norm, try the opposite and think of remote work as the norm. On days that employees are due to work onsite, make the most out of it by doing more collaboration activities and meetings, recognition awards, and more. Utilize the onsite days with catch-up activities between employees and managers, so it will not look like employees are not making the most of their time in the office doing the same thing they can do while working remotely.


  1. Ensure employees have a working hybrid habit. The responsibility in creating something successful should just not be on one sole thing alone. For a hybrid or remote work setup to be successful, it has to go both ways – the company and employees should work together. With the company, they need to create a working model, and with employees, they need to create good working habits. It needs to be consistent and should boost productivity, rather than the opposite. Some good habits include taking short breaks, making themselves accessible through online platforms, achieving, work-life balance, and more. 


Remember that a hybrid work setup will only work if there is accountability between both parties and that business continuity remains. With this, the company will continue with business as usual, and employees will be able to enjoy a good work-life balance.