Hybrid or Remote Work: What’s Better For You?

Hybrid and Remote Work are two very similar yet very different terms you must have come across in the past year. With workplaces reopening and work policies being rethought, it is imperative to know the meaning and differences between the two work models.

Whether you are a fresher looking for a job, an employee that wants to make the best decision for yourself or an employer that wants to know more, here are some ins and outs of both these models to help you choose better.

What is the Hybrid Work Model?

In a hybrid workplace, employees work from home certain days a week and report in person to the office the rest of the days. Depending on the role and the employer’s needs, an employee might work anywhere from 1-4 days in the office and 1- 4 days remotely. A hybrid work model aims to facilitate interactions between team members while reducing office footprint. It also saves commute time and provides a better work-life balance for employees

What is the Remote Work Model?

In a remote work model, all employees work from home. Fully remote organisations may or may not have a main office or headquarters. A remote organisation may have employees spread all across the globe and collaborating across different times zones. Depending on the employers’ policies, a remote employee may have to live in and work from a specific geographical location.

What are the pros and cons of a Hybrid Work Model?

Pros: 

  • One of the biggest pros of working in a hybrid workplace is that you get the benefits of being a remote worker while maintaining the perks that come with in-person work.
  • Working from home partially can improve wellbeing, reduce stress, improve work-life balance and help you be more productive at work.
  • If a team member tests positive for COVID-19, the rest of the team can go about their workdays with minimal disruption through video calls and instant messaging.
  • Hybrid working allows companies to tap into various talent pools due to their offering of flexible work schedules. This can have a lasting positive effect on employee retention.
  • You may also benefit from a hybrid work model if you need specialised equipment or tools that your employer has on-site that you only need occasionally.

Cons: 

  • Employees who see each other every day can build closer bonds, causing a divide between them and those who work remotely.
  • There might be pressure to stay connected all day just to stay in the loop, causing you to overwork.
  • Hybrid working can make digital security more challenging to manage due to the varied locations of employees.

What are the pros and cons of a Remote Work Model?

Pros:

  • Remote employees usually have more flexible schedules. This means that employees working across different time zones can maintain local work hours and holidays.
  • Remote work does not expect immediate responses from employees. Instead, it encourages a more asynchronous type of communication, where employees provide a high level of detail in their messages to avoid further back-and-forths.
  • Remote work creates a level playing field for all employees, so you will never feel left out.
  • There is no competition with in-house team members.

Cons:

  • Despite the many pros of remote working, remote workers may sometimes struggle to stay on task.
  • Coordinating and communicating with employees spread across different time zones may be challenging.
  • Employees may find it hard to progress professionally in a remote workplace.
  • People who work from home may struggle with switching off on time. They might end up overworking and feeling burnt out if they are not careful.

What is better for you?

If you are trying to decide if hybrid or remote work is the right choice for you, here are some tips. Firstly, ask yourself this question: Where am I most productive? Then consider things like the level of autonomy you’re comfortable with and if you have all the tools to work remotely and overcome the hiccups tech might bring along. 

Lastly, knowing your company’s policies on hybrid and remote work will help you figure out if taking on this kind of role at your company is a good move.


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