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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our daily lives to date. We have learned to live in a new reality. Our old habits have changed. We have become more cautious as a society. The global situation has also meant that our current system of working has changed. More and more employers are choosing to move to a hybrid work model. We have decided to present the benefits of such a solution and consider how it affects the effectiveness of the team.

What is a hybrid work model?

Many people are looking for information on what hybrid working means. The answer is simple. The hybrid work model is a combination of office and remote working. It allows every employer to choose their own comfort zone for working. In this working style, staff can carry out their duties both at home and in the office. As is well known, each of us is different. Some like to work in the office while others prefer to work from home. By giving your team both opportunities, you allow them to choose the better option for them. This makes them more efficient and allows them to focus.

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What do employees think of the hybrid model?

The hybrid model of working during a pandemic has gained many supporters. A lot of workplaces use it, and it has gained acceptance among workers. This is visible in research conducted by Envoy and Wakefield Research. Up to 47% of respondents are willing to look for a new job if their current employer does not provide hybrid working opportunities. The results are impressive. Especially if we contrast them with the reality we knew until 2020. It is a revolution that will be visible even after the pandemic.

Advantages of the hybrid work model

There are many arguments in favour of hybrid working. One of them is the ability to maintain a work-life balance. The ability to manage your own time is a major advantage. Employee efficiency also comes to the fore. They can identify the hours when their productivity is highest and schedule the most difficult tasks during this time. There are also logistical issues to consider. By choosing to work from home, employees save time and money spent on commuting. For parents, the need of hiring a babysitter during absences is also gone.

Cyclical working from the office gives employees the opportunity to integrate. Being able to choose to work in a stationary model improves their relationships and communication. It is also a big plus for employees who do not have the right conditions to work from home. Especially if they need the right level of concentration.

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Impact on the health of the workforce

The hybrid work model also has a significant impact on mental health and well-being. Long-term remote work can have negative effects on employees health. This is especially true when set against the many uncertainties facing today's workforce.  These include isolation, health problems, and economic uncertainty. Each of these factors can impact on the psyche. This is why some workers value the contact with workmates well known before the pandemic.

Railwaymen also prefer a hybrid work model

Railwaymen is one of many companies where employees can choose the place they want to work. Over the last year we have seen great potential in this solution. Our team have not lost effectiveness compared to the pre-pandemic period, as showed by the results we are achieving. We also take care of the right team spirit through periodic integrations. We believe that, as in many other IT environments, this system of working works very well.