Flexible work has been around for years. It’s time to utilize it.

 

Contrary to popular belief, hybrid work is not a new phenomenon just borne from the pandemic. In fact, remote and flexible working arrangements have been around for some time. It existed even before the pandemic — just on a smaller scale. There are a lot of other myths about hybrid work within the company, which most, if not all, are just misconceptions.


 

Based on a local study, most employees prefer a flexible work schedule. 76% of respondents said that the cut in transport expenses, among others, plays a major role in their flexible preference.

 

Are employees more stressed while working remotely?

 

1st Hybrid Work Myth: Employee well-being doesn’t improve on flexible work

 

The pandemic has forced people to adapt to new routines that were difficult to adopt at first. However, this does not mean that employees’ well-being suffered the whole time. In fact, 68.1% of Filipino employees said that their well-being has improved in a hybrid work setup. A majority also mentioned that they eat healthier and even exercise more.

 

Are employees more productive working onsite?

 

2nd Hybrid Work Myth: Productivity declines when doing hybrid work

 

Although there was a period of transition, productivity did not, in actuality, plummet. In a recent Cisco study, they found that 79% of employees felt that they were productive in a hybrid work setup. An expert suggests that much of the productivity gains in this work setup are mostly because of the sense of autonomy given to the employees. This is because options are available regarding their preferred work arrangement.

 

Is hybrid work really flexible?

 

3rd Hybrid Work Myth: Flexible work is… not flexible

 

There is a massive disconnect between a company’s understanding of work flexibility. One expert in remote operations said that most companies have a poor understanding of hybrid work setup. They understand hybrid as wanting employees in the office for a set amount of non-flexible time (e.g., Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on a 9-5 basis). Whereas, employees typically understand hybrid work as wanting to have the flexibility and option to work remotely and go to the office on days that they can. This disconnect often creates misunderstandings between employees and companies. This can often be solved with proper dialogues and a clear company policy.

 

Does the company stop working when employees don’t work onsite?

 

4th Hybrid Work Myth: Everything stops when people aren’t in the office

 

In just the past few years, we have seen how technology has evolved. It bridged the gap between people, making it easier to communicate, thus becoming more productive. With continuous innovation, communication has become easier. In particular, unified communication tools like TeLavi creates better communication anytime, anywhere. You can work anytime, anywhere with the available technology nowadays.

 

Can you save more with the hybrid work setup?

 

5th Hybrid Work Myth: Hybrid work setup is more expensive

 

As in any type of transition process, some decisions can make you spend more or less. According to a recent report, however, a hybrid work setup lets a majority of Filipino employees save up to P300,000 a year. Under the hybrid arrangement, it lets employees save on fuel, commuting costs, and other entertainment costs.

 

But it’s not just the employees who get to enjoy savings – companies, too, are reaping benefits from a hybrid work setup. Organizations that let their employees work remotely half of the week enjoy a hefty amount of workspace and electricity costs. And since hybrid work lets employees have higher morale, companies get to enjoyreduced absenteeism and turnover as well.

 

Breaking the prejudice

 

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to progressive and newer takes on professional setups. Hiccups and prejudices can occur, especially if something is new and different from the traditional eye. However, open discussions, clear policies, and mutual trust can help stir the direction to the right path. All for a brighter and modernized future.