77% of full-time workers agree that after COVID-19, being able to work from home (WFH) would make them happier and 75% of people realized that they were the same or more productive during COVID-19 while working from home.
Employers that used to be considered fairly traditional, like Ford, have jumped right into the future of work, opening up their company policies in favor of remote work. After all, the future of work is flexible— join us in the future by implementing any of these hyflex policies in your organization.
Hyflex workplace policies, or hybrid-flexible policies, are those designed to support a more than typical flexible work style. By implementing hybrid policies, such as allowing employees to telecommute while working from anywhere all or part of the time, along with flexible policies, such as core hours and meeting free days, you will set your employees up for long-term success in our increasingly remote society.
By the way— in our 2020 State of Remote Work Report, we found that lots of people (80%) want meeting free days (at least once a week) and we are here for it.
The most effective hyflex work environments are those tailored to your employee’s specific needs. Before implementing any policy changes, reach out to your workers and open a dialogue with them about which policies they feel would most ease their transition back to the office. Hyflex policies are designed to support both the individual employee and your company as a whole, if you neglect to include your employees in the policy creating step of the process, then you are missing out on some valuable intel.
Once you have had a productive hyflex policy-based conversation with your team leaders and department heads, it’s time to begin implementing your chosen hyflex policies. With so many new policies to choose from, this can quickly become an arduous undertaking. To help, here is an outline of the most common hyflex policies.
With 80% of employees expecting to work from home at least 3x/week in a post-COVID-19 world, it’s clear that the future of work is hybrid. But how you implement new hybrid policies for your employees is up to you. Choosing a hybrid policy depends on primarily one thing: how often are you’re going to require employees to work on-site from the office.
If your answer to that question is “never” then a remote work policy is for you. But if you will be requiring employees to work from the office more than 0% of the time, you’ll need to offer them a hybrid work schedule. A hybrid work policy is any policy that allows an employee to work remotely part of the time. The key to creating successful hybrid systems is to balance in-person and remote strategies to build hybrid workflows that benefit everyone.
The best hybrid policies:
To get started with creating a hybrid system that benefits your organization, begin with using a template to create a remote work policy that fits the needs of your hybrid employees and hybrid teams.
There are two primary components of flexible work policies: flexible schedules and flexible workspaces. Typically, one goes hand in hand with the other— flexible workspaces are designed to support employees working on flexible schedules. If you were to implement flexible schedules but failed to adjust your workspaces to accommodate those newly flexible employees, your workplace environment would suffer for it. To avoid unnecessary flexible work frustrations, implement flexible schedules and flexible workspaces alongside one another.
Flexible schedules are similar to hybrid schedules, except whereas hybrid schedules focus on balancing remote and on-site work, flexible schedules cover all of the intricacies of atypical (not 9 to 5) work schedules.
The most common flexible schedules are:
Supporting your flexible and hybrid employees doesn’t stop with creating hyflex policies, it also means reorganizing and revamping your office design to support employees who will only be working out of your on-site office part of the time.
The most common flexible workspaces are:
Although we will soon see the end of the typical 9 to 5 workday, workplace culture is not changing, just making some slight adjustments. To stay up to date on the latest remote, hybrid, and flexible work trends, check out these 45 Key WFA & Remote Work Statistics for 2021.