Making Sense of Hybrid Work Arrangements: The Good, The Bad, and The Dirty Work for HR

As the world begins to exit the COVID-19 pandemic, hopefully for good this time around, the general sigh of relief – and even the sense of liberation – are understandably palpable. After more than two years of living under constant fear for one’s safety and wellbeing (as well as that of family and friends), and managing the many restrictions on liberties, most of us are just too happy to say goodbye to the surges, the lockdowns, the variants, ad nauseum.

But where is the general sense of jubilation particularly among employees?

We all want to go back to our pre-pandemic lives, right? Well, yes. But not really. We want to be able to enjoy life more freely, but we also want to live in a much safer world. And we recognize that COVID-19 has laid bare the vulnerabilities of the pre-pandemic world, particularly in our workplaces. We don’t want to spend most of our days caught in the middle of horrendous traffic jams. To put it bluntly, the pre-pandemic world wasn’t really good enough with its rigid structures, widening inequities, exclusions, toxic work cultures, 8-5 jobs, traffic, pollution, congestion, etc. We want better.

What is remote work?

Remote work refers to a work arrangement that allows employees to work outside of the traditional office environment (3). Most equate remote work with work from home. However, it can also mean working from other locations outside of the office, including, cafes, hotels, beaches, parks, etc. In theory, this can also mean working at a company’s branch or field office closest to one’s residence.

What is hybrid work?

A hybrid work arrangement is basically a combination of remote work and work at the office or onsite (4). This can mean any combination of the number of days on remote work or at the office. Another way to look at the arrangement is to think in terms of part-time or full-time remote work, or conversely, part-time or full-time onsite work.

 
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