What is hybrid work?


Hybrid work is a work organization model that combines face-to-face and remote work. Although it is not a new model, it has been implemented in many companies since the adoption of telecommuting measure during lockdown.

The hybrid work model can be structured in several ways, which are detailed below:

  • Hybrid model by worker: individually, the worker agrees with the company they work for how their workday will be. They can agree on the place of work and the days they will work from each location. For example, two days in the office and three days at home. Another example would be if you work one week per month from another location. This model allows the company to make each employee's work more flexible based on their needs and responsibilities and to offer work-life balance policies in an orderly fashion.
  • Hybrid model by day: it can also be that the company determines fixed telework days. For example, each Friday. In this way, all employees know that they telework on that day. It is possible for the company to organize these telework days by department or team, so that part of the workforce teleworks on Monday and another part on Friday. This model allows the company to organize the work and encourages teamwork by giving office and telework time to everyone.
  • Hybrid model by team: in this case, it is possible that within the same company there are workers who are 100% in the office, others are 100% teleworking and others have a hybrid model. The organization of the team depends on the department and applies to all workers within the same department.
  • Hybrid model by preference: finally, we speak of a hybrid model where the company policy gives preference to one of the two options (face-to-face work or teleworking) over the other, although it recognizes the second.

Benefits of hybrid work

  • It increases flexibility at work, improving employee satisfaction and therefore their commitment and productivity. It also allows companies to build employee loyalty and be more competitive in the labor market.
  • Despite being a measure that encourages teleworking, teamwork is maintained in the office, which avoids the feelings isolation that people who work remotely sometimes experience. This allows companies to build teams and foster personal relationships.
  • It is a sustainable measure for the environment because it reduces commuting and the energy cost of workspaces.