Hybrid work is here to stay as the work landscape is rapidly changing. This allows employees to expect new benefits that support their work. You can either look for a company that offers more or ask for more from your employer. Everything has changed in our lives, from how we shop to gathering with family and friends. This means that the value we get from work must change.
Hybrid work is an advantage, but it’s more than a nice one to have. It’s now a significant concern for employers looking to retain and attract workers. This will affect people’s decisions on whether they want to stay, join, leave, or engage. A new study by McKinsey has found that flexibility in the workplace was the most important reason people took on new jobs.
Companies must be innovative in providing benefits, perks, and resources to their workers in this new hybrid work environment. These are the elements that you can expect with greater zeal and that organizations will increasingly require.
Hours of Work Benefits
When evaluating the best hybrid experience, think about the benefits that the work brings to the table. The well-being of employees is a growing concern in companies. They want to reduce the stress of a day filled with meetings, video calls, and endless tasks.
Your company might consider having shorter meetings, 50 minutes each, so that people have time between sessions. You might also look into organizations that offer Fridays off, half-days on Fridays, or company-wide no meets Fridays. These options benefit from giving employees more time to think and do deep work without having to be in constant meetings. They also have the benefit of not being the only ones taking Friday off.
Flexible work hours can be a great option. You can start earlier if your kids have to go to school or you can knock off early for HIIT classes and then return in the evening. Many companies offer sabbaticals, unlimited vacations or self-care days. If you really need extra respite, these options are available.
The benefits that companies offer within their offices are another consideration. Many companies realize that people don’t want a maze-like environment surrounded by gray panels. Smart companies make it worth the commute by creating places that you’d want to return to repeatedly. Examples of these are social hubs and great work cafes that allow people to get healthy, free food while working alongside the community. Your company can also recommend these.
Companies are also realizing that people require better places to socialize and collaborate and areas for privacy, especially for employees who may not have a perfect at-home environment for work. Even if you are not a senior manager, the ability to close a door can be a great benefit. This is something you can request as companies look to upgrade their offices. Employers offer places to rejuvenate, offering napping pods and natural elements.
This is where the process plays a key role. For employees trying to figure out new ways of working, the best companies offer support by sponsoring group discussions where colleagues discuss their new norms for collaboration and individual work. It is not a good idea to be in the office for video calls every day. Instead, you should demand the support, guidance, and orientation that will help you to work together.
Companies that offer stipends for home offices can be found by searching the Internet. Consider offering wages to cover parking costs or a Wi-Fi-enabled shuttle service for transportation to work. Google offers subscriptions for scooter services to employees to get them to work or the bus stop. Employers realize the workplace extends beyond the office–and they are making investments in the whole experience–something you can seek from your employer as well.
Research shows that work is just one part of a complete life. People who are happier in their personal lives and work tend to be more comfortable at work. Companies that recognize employees as individuals and expand their role in providing fulfillment for employees in all aspects of their lives are wise. This is an primary criterion to consider when assessing your company or looking for a new one.
Based on their learning progress, companies that offer tutoring and teaching resources to parents who have children at home or are catching up with school should be considered. Look out for companies that provide stipends to childcare, apps for elder care, and emergency childcare services. Many companies offer pet care options, pet insurance, or the opportunity to bring pets to work. This acknowledges the importance of furry friends being part of the family.
You can now find wellness benefits that are more accessible. Or you can recommend an existing organization to offer apps that support meditation, sleep, and healthy eating. You can also suggest that your company provides stipends to purchase equipment and classes. This includes organizations that offer financial skills training and mindfulness training.
Employers are now more aware of their employees’ needs and embrace well-being as part of the overall experience. This is far more important than the perks. Look for companies that value you as an individual.
You can also demand more benefits, such as creating a community. Employers understand that working from afar can make it difficult for employees to feel connected and part of the community. Many employers offer perks such as employee resource groups and affiliation groups for all levels of employees, from runners and caregivers to knitters and motorcycle enthusiasts.
Companies that embrace apps such as these can be searched. These apps help people make friends and build relationships with their colleagues. You can also request your company to host in-office events such as pet shelter adoption events, barbecues, or company activity fairs. Or you could ask for events outside of work, such as volunteer days or meet-and-greet.
Also, consider the Culture.
Organizations are providing a variety of work options. Most organizations are shifting to a three-two system where employees will be expected to be at work three days a week. However, they will offer flexibility for employees to work when they want the two remaining days. A new study by Stanford has shown that hybrid working options have reduced employee quit rates by 35%. You can ask your employer for this option if they don’t offer it.
One caution: When choosing a company or recommitting to one, make sure that hybrid options for where and how you work are supported by a culture that allows you freedom and choice. If the company offers mixed work, but you feel that you must come in every day to earn respect or advance your career, then the culture is not aligned with a hybrid model. If leaders cannot connect with teams at a distance and there is no training to help them get there, the culture might not be the best.
Cultures that provide clear direction and allow for participation and influence are desirable. Also, cultures that offer clear policies and responsibilities while being flexible and responsive to change are essential. Cultures that manage performance and not just presence are desirable. They also emphasize recognition and celebration, as well as accountability. It would support if you also looked for cultures that you are comfortable with and can share your goals. These hybrid experiences will benefit you most and keep you motivated to work from wherever you are.
The Both and
While the media can introduce a false contradiction–setting up a debate between whether work from home or work in the office is better–in truth, hybrid is a both-and proposition. Hybrid is the best of both.
Hybrid allows employees to work anywhere, with lots of flexibility and choice. It should have an intense center, which is what you desire to work in an organization with supportive colleagues and exciting work.
A New Day
The value of working experiences is what the past two years have shown us. You can expect more from your current or new company to retain, engage, and attract employees.
You can prioritize what is primary important to your life and ask for more from your employer. Or, you can appreciate the perks that they already offer. You can enjoy work again and find satisfaction in your work life. The expanded benefits, incentives, and perks employers provide are an excellent place for you to begin.