The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) details how business leaders must act before returning to the workplace, explaining that employers should implement and update as necessary a plan that:
Studies show that work-from-home (WFH) initiatives skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic and haven’t slowed down in 2021 thus far. Employees and businesses alike are enjoying all the cost-effective and productivity-enhancing perks of remote work. However, some companies still see the benefit of having an on-premises crew.
A recent Gallup survey might help to shed light on which route is better for the business from a productivity standpoint. The survey found that employees who worked remotely at least some of the time both pre-pandemic and during the pandemic had the highest engagement. Employees who work from home all the time, on the other hand, are most likely to suffer from burnout. This begs the question of whether it’s more appropriate to select a best-of-both-worlds approach, rather than putting all of your eggs into one of these two baskets.
Business leaders can take advantage of these perks when they adopt a hybrid workforce model:
A hybrid workforce model isn’t without downsides though. Here are just a few of the potential disadvantages that business leaders should be aware of:
Giving employees a mix of both in-office and remote work is overall good for your employees and good for your business in the long-term. Hybrid work schedules aren’t just a temporary fix to accommodate COVID-19 pandemic health guidelines, they’re more likely part of lasting changes to how we work. If your business already has the technology infrastructure in place to accommodate a hybrid workforce model, it would behoove you to entertain the objective benefits of adopting it to help your company return to work safely and proficiently.
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