A quick guide to hybrid working
Research shows that office occupancy rates are unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels in the future. Only 17% of business leaders expect their office occupancy rates to reach pre-Covid rates once the pandemic is over.
Instead, a more employee-led approach is expected to be adopted when it comes to remote working in the future.
Only 19% expect that it will become mandatory for all employees to come into the office in the future, and over two-fifths (42%) don’t expect to make it essential for their employees to be workplace based.
Indeed, it seems that the pandemic has changed attitudes towards remote working for good, with over four-fifths (81%) saying that their organisation now views it more favourably.
It is becoming clear that we are moving into a new working world, one in which teams will likely be on different schedules and in different locations.
Lee Owen, director at Hays Accountancy & Finance, says: ‘Over the past 18 months, no area has undergone more rapid transformation than the way we work. We are all learning as we go, but we know two things for sure: flexible work is here to stay and the talent landscape has fundamentally shifted.
‘Lots of employers are adopting hybrid working – and, in research from our Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2022 guide, 47% of employers say they are adopting it.’
Experts believe that if you want some form of home working, there has never been a better time to mount a case – the key is to be clear about how to benefit the business, not just you.
Presenting a well-crafted argument will involve anticipating any concerns your boss may have. After all, any reluctance from your manager is likely to be because they already have many new challenges to juggle and don’t need to add to that pressure.
As such, if you want to have a successful hybrid discussion, it is worth putting some planning into your pitch, so you can offer solutions rather than introducing any new problems.
While you may be tempted by the idea of never setting foot in the office again, the first thing to do is realistically assess how much of your job you can do remotely in the long term.
‘Asking for hybrid working is more commonplace than it was pre-pandemic, with many candidates asking about this now in interviews,’ adds Owen.
‘If this is something you desire in your new job, staying in touch with your recruitment consultant is one of the most helpful things you can do as they can advise if an employer is offering hybrid working and how to approach this in an interview.’
This article was first published in Student Accountant in November 2021