Why do employees prefer a hybrid work setup?
Why do employees prefer a hybrid work setup?

 

Remote work has taken over our lives for the past two years since the pandemic started.

 

With quarantine protocols and lockdowns in place, a lot of employees had to forego their office desks and daily chit-chats with their colleagues… to a more private and quiet work-from-home setup.

– Lawyer in government

Two years into the pandemic, we’re left to think: what’s next for employees?

 

Should we return to the office in a 100 percent capacity or is work-from-home here to stay?

 

But as a lot of us adjust to the new normal, so did the evolution of various work setups. With restrictions slowly lifting, and as the economy opens back up, a lot of companies have adopted a hybrid work setup.

 

Hybrid work is a new work setup that allows employees to spend a part of their week working remotely and a part in the office.

 

But hybrid work does not necessarily mean that it’s just exclusively working at the office and at home. “(Hybrid work) also means business travels, taking calls outside the office, and doing work while on vacation,” says Gur Lavi Corp. CEO Erwin Co in an interview with CNN Philippines.

 

But why do employees prefer hybrid work more than just choosing exclusively between remote work and in-office work? Well, it’s more on work-life balance, rather than anything else.

 

Should a company switch to hybrid work setup?
Companies are slowly adopting the new norm of a hybrid workplace

 

Based on the IBPAP Industry Survey earlier this year, around 91 percent of Filipino employees prefer a hybrid work model.

 

In fact, according to Gallup, the future of the hybrid setup is still up in the air. However, they have listed reasons why people prefer the hybrid model are:

 

Employee in an ad agency

    • To avoid commute time

      • Better for their wellbeing

        • Flexibility to balance family needs or other obligations

          • Option to work in-person with co-workers

            •  Feel more productive and connected to the organization

        According to a Microsoft Work Trend report, 69 percent of leaders in the Philippines say that their companies are planning a return to full-time on-site work in the year ahead.
         
        However, with the continuous increase in gasoline prices, COVID cases, and traffic congestion – a hybrid setup might just be here to stay.