The Top Five Challenges of the Hybrid Work Model3 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
The world is changing faster than we can imagine. These changes can be either voluntary or inevitable and can be seen in all aspects of our lives, including our work lives. For instance, we have been introduced to hybrid work as the new way of working since the post-COVID era. Many companies are beginning to adopt the hybrid work model as the future of work. So, it is expected that hybrid work will remain the most prevalent work model for major industries.
Hybrid work is an exciting work model, but it comes with its fair share of challenges. Therefore, in this post, we will discuss some of the major challenges of the hybrid work model. They include the following:
- Lack of a well-defined model of operation: despite the increasing popularity of the hybrid work model in recent times, not many people are acquainted with how hybrid work operates. There are many misconceptions around hybrid work beyond the obvious notion of providing people with more flexibility and freedom around how and where they work. Many people still think that hybrid work is abstract, to which they can hardly relate. In the real sense, hybrid work is just a new name for an old idea.
- Reluctance to implement hybrid work model: As previously stated, hybrid work is an old concept that has always been difficult to implement. However, it took a global pandemic to force workers to do it. In general, people are reluctant to change because they are forced to do so; the same goes for managers, leaders, and organizations. Many managers and team leaders are unwilling to adopt the hybrid work model fully because they do not fully trust their workers. This explains why so many are pressing employees to return to work where they can see them physically while they work.
- Increased difficulty of coordination: working in a hybrid work environment requires constant collaboration. This means that a high level of coordination is needed to thrive in a hybrid work environment. As a result, it is generally more challenging for team managers to coordinate their team in a hybrid work model. In addition, there is always an extra effort required to coordinate the remote teammates. As a result, remote team members may risk being left out of some minor decision-making processes in the office.
- Reduction in collective creativity among team members: One of the significant benefits of working together in a physical office is the increased tendency for collaborative creativity. However, this is not the case in a hybrid work model; people can brainstorm via Zoom, but programmed times and formats for generating ideas may not prove as fruitful as more fluid physical conversations.
- Increased difficulty in implementing the company’s working culture: It is much easier to implement it when everyone is working from the office. But in a hybrid work environment, it is generally harder to monitor and ensure that workers act according to the company’s working culture.
A hybrid working model can be very challenging, especially for those who are just getting used to the new working model. However, despite the challenges of hybrid work, it is still regarded as the future of work. Therefore, the best bet would be to find ways to effectively handle the challenges that come with the hybrid work model.