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The best hybrid working model

The pandemic marked the start of a new era in the world of work, with hybrid work models becoming more normalised and even becoming the unique selling point of many brands today. As many of the world’s biggest brands and industry leaders are shifting towards hybrid work for the long-term which can only mean one thing, hybrid work is here to stay

Though the world is opening up more with many businesses resuming work from office, the challenge now is to meet the expectation of flexible work arrangements that is in high demand by employees today. 

Even jobseekers are now seeking hybrid work arrangement as one of the main criteria for their job. In fact, Google search data results revealed a huge increase in the search term, “hybrid working jobs” which rose 30,900% from the start of the pandemic in 2020 to 2022!

With more companies embracing the hybrid work model, we have seen different kinds of measures implemented and different ways of defining the work arrangements put in place.

In this article, let’s take a look at how some of the biggest companies are approaching hybrid work in their own fashion. Keep reading to find out more!  

     1. Google

For Google, they implemented hybrid work arrangements in several aspects.

Their employees follow a flexible work week with 3 days worked in the office and 2 days wherever the employee prefers. This allows sufficient time for collaboration while also providing the flexibility to work wherever they wish.

Another policy implemented is to open up more locations globally and the ability for employees to apply to move to different offices. They have also offered opportunities for remote work, where existing employees can also apply for remote work as well.

Some of the other policies they have pushed in line with hybrid work is ‘work-from-anywhere’ week where employees can work from anywhere other than their office to provide flexibility during the holiday period. They also offer ‘reset’ days which is a global day off for their employees, something special for all employees to enjoy to rest and recuperate at the end of the month.

       2. Spotify

Spotify launched the ‘Work From Anywhere’ programme in early 2021, with the belief that ‘work isn’t something you come to the office for, it’s something you do.’

Employees have the flexibility to choose their location and choose their work mode – this could mean working in a Spotify Office, a coworking space or in the comfort of your own home. The company goes to the extent to pay coworking space fees for employees who don’t live in a Spotify location!

Their ‘Work from Anywhere’ programme did not only did this provide flexibility and autonomy to their employees, this enabled Spotify to explore new talent pools and use this feature to their competitive advantage for jobseekers in the market.

 

         3. Slack

The San-Francisco headquartered Slack has actually conducted a lot of research on the hybrid work model, including internal research which also helped them implement hybrid work policies of their own.

One of the most important findings is the emphasis on how a hybrid work model is not a one-size fits all policy, but flexible enough to meet each individual’s needs.

At Slack, they encourage each individual to find rhythms that work for them and refrained from including top-down requirements on work schedules  i.e they no longer encourage the typical 9-5. Instead, they have implemented a system of having ‘core hours’ typically during the middle of the day, which allows time for real time collaboration and discussions. The employees are not expected to be immediately available and no calls can be scheduled.

 

Hybrid work arrangements are transforming and at the same time redefining company culture and branding, and it is important for companies to embrace this change towards a better work environment for their employees. Coping up with the pandemic was challenging for businesses however it is a silver lining to re-look at the existing policies in place and redefine it to keep up with changing times.

Feeling inspired by these hybrid work measures? We understand that making the switch to a hybrid work model for your small business can definitely be daunting – however we at FLYDESK are here to provide solutions for your business needs!

Our hybrid FLYDESK App  is your perfect companion to kickstart that transition to the hybrid work model at your workplace. It comes with an array of features such as: 

  • Employees location work planning
  • Shared office space management
  • Extra workspace on-demand (Desks & meeting rooms globally)

Interested to find out more? Get in touch with us today and get a free demo of our FLYDESK app for your hybrid work needs, or simply book your next office with FLYDESK!

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