Remote work has become tremendously popular, with growing numbers of people stating they’d quit their jobs if they were forced to go back to the office. The trend is on the rise; one of the most dramatic changes the latest pandemic brought forth is the realization that things can be done differently.
For many people, the traditional 9-to-5 job was all they knew. Now that they have learned that life can be organized differently, they are looking for opportunities to expand the scope of their work. Take just digital nomadism as an example — the capability to work and travel and arrange every day optimally is a dream come true for — let’s face it — everyone.
But, when we know all this, what is to happen with businesses relying on office workers? Are they going to close down and keep losing people?
Well, rather than looking at things from that perspective, the focus should shift. Why wouldn’t those stubborn businesses make an effort to keep up with the times and ditch the traditional model benefiting only the execs?
The rise of new technologies is unstoppable. As is the case with all industrial revolutions (and make no mistake, the digital revolution is an industrial revolution), those who fail to comply and evolve will simply disappear.
But, what proof do we have that hybrid work models are here to stay? Let’s take a look at the facts.
The Digital Revolution Is Already Unstoppable
Science fiction fans have always known that AI will, sooner or later, enter the grand stage of — everything. The classic conundrum of whether people without in-demand specializations will keep losing jobs because robots can perform them equally efficiently and without being paid for their efforts is becoming more understandable to undereducated laymen — whose numbers, judging by the wrong direction the industrialization is taking place, are only going to increase.
Moreover, there are changes in the way many people in more and more countries are increasingly turning to the gig economy for survival — let alone freedom and riches. The result? People from richer countries are losing jobs because a cheaper workforce is all around. As terrible as this may sound, the truth is that inequality is taking its toll on both the privileged and the victims.
Remote work is, hence, the only way forward to better job opportunities, regardless of people’s location. This is also why the pandemic gave rise to so many new online businesses, where companies could easily implement a remote or hybrid work model from the very start. That way, they also know exactly the type of employees to look for.
Digital Nomads Are Boosting the Process
With more and more countries introducing digital nomad visas in an effort to boost pandemic-induced monetary losses, traditional businesses really don’t have much choice — it’s either be competitive or go bankrupt. And with a growing number of remote workers deciding to renounce their U.S. citizenship and make this way of life a more permanent option, digital nomadism shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. And this adds a growing number of workers to both the remote and hybrid workforces.
There’s a Job for Everyone
Many economists have been saying for a while that the ownership model is going obsolete. Young generations rely on borrowing — it’s cheaper to pay for a ride than to buy an overestimated car anyway. The same logic is applied to everything. This means that highly profitable niches could face a crisis if they didn’t change their approach.
What has that to do with hybrid work models? Well, drivers are one good example of how reliance on traditional office jobs with fixed working hours isn’t sustainable anymore.
Hybrid Work Is the Optimal Solution for Agility and Flexibility
There are two kinds of people: those who thrive working remotely and those who like face-to-face interactions. In most cases, each category has elements of the other. For that reason, the hybrid work model is just the perfect solution.
Traditional and virtual work models can be combined so that they provide the best results for everyone. Organizational agility and flexibility are what most businesses lack, which has been best illustrated by the troubles caused by the onset of the pandemic. Economies are still coping, and supply chains are disrupted to such an extent that the effects are being felt internationally. All of that could have been alleviated by hybrid work models, but the world wasn’t prepared at the time.
Hybrid Work Keeps People Satisfied and Looking for Growth
Satisfied people are productive people. Hybrid work enables people to arrange their private lives in satisfactory ways without worrying whether the job will get done. The flexibility hybrid work models offer is the chief benefit, allowing maximum productivity on the part of the employee.
Why would any business struggle with forced team-building activities in an attempt to increase productivity when the employees can be motivated more easily?
Namely, stats show that 48% of workers feel more productive working remotely, while 52% felt more productive working onsite. Why not allow everyone to choose the setting, thus boosting employee productivity, satisfaction and engagement?
Hybrid models show huge growth potential. Consider this: Google is planning to have 60% of their workforce spend some time on- and off-site.
Additionally, many companies using the hybrid model are finding that it can be to their benefit to look into teaching soft skills to their advantage. If their team members learn how to communicate and interact more efficiently, then it boosts boat production and overall employee satisfaction, and it can lead to a genuine pride in completing tasks and projects.
Hybrid work is capable of solving the issues that come with remote work because some tasks are simply better suited for on-site work. The ability to combine the two should easily boost performance.
These examples are but the tip of the iceberg, seeing as hybrid work models are still shifting and are yet to reach their final form — if something like that is indeed possible.
However, it has been shown during the pandemic that many people have suffered setbacks from being forced to stay indoors all the time. Employees unused to remote work have struggled to come to terms with online communication, for one thing.
This goes to show that there are many improvements to be made, but that’s only natural with innovation. It doesn’t happen overnight.
For starters, unified communication services are still far from being perfect, but they’re being polished steadily. It is to be expected that they will soon be suitable enough to boost the positive change.
With some fine-tuning that allows for personal preferences and well-planned logistics, hybrid work just has the potential to change the rules of the game for the better, and for everyone to boot. That’s why it’s here to stay.