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The Hybrid Working Approach

Hybrid working

Since the beginning of the pandemic, companies have been searching for the best ways to accommodate employees, follow CDC guidelines, and ensure productivity all at once. While everyone can agree that there were major growing pains at the beginning of the pandemic, working from home has never been easier and more widely accepted. As mandates change and vaccinations roll out, the idea of going back to the office is officially on the table.


Well, not for everyone. Some employees have grown accustomed to working from home and do not want to go back to the office at all. However, some companies are requiring employees to return to the office. So, the workforce is at a bit of a crossroads since the pandemic hasn’t ended and work/life balance has a new norm. 


Taking the hybrid approach to working can meet everyone in the middle. Required days in the office or company-wide work from home days to allow more flexibility for everyone. The hybrid working model can allow people who need to stay home because of something like child care or rising gas prices, and those who would rather go to the office to separate work and life – it’s a solution for many. But, it can be a beast of an organizational issue to get to a hybrid place where processes work and people are happily productive.

The pros and cons of hybrid working

We’ve been forced into a lot of change in recent years, but change isn’t always a bad thing. The same goes with hybrid working having various pros and cons to the concept. 


Pros: People can create their own calendars to make a better work/life balance, avoiding commutes, and decreasing the number of people needed in the office. This can also reduce costs for the company by eliminating office space, supplies, and general overhead costs of having a physical space; adds a human element that working from home doesn’t offer.


Cons: Hybrid approaches do not work for certain types of jobs like factory workers, delivery drivers, food makers, bar and restaurant service people, caretakers, etc. Video and phone calls are limited to when people are at their desk, rather than quickly asking someone a question in the office. Office space is still needed but not used by as many people, so overhead might not make sense in the long run to keep the space open.

What hybrid companies can do for employees

There are a variety of ways to include all employees – in office, hybrid, or working from home – and help them get the most out of their workday. E3 Consulting can work with companies to create inclusive programs to better the all-around work environment. Here is what we can offer:


  • Determine which business critical work functions ought to remain in-office, and which can be accomplished in a remote environment.
  • Develop sanitization protocols and PPE standards that enhance the safety of your team, equipping them with the necessary tools to minimize COVID-19 risk as they work.
  • Manage facility controls and rethink spatial planning: We can retrofit existing layouts to accommodate safe distances while maintaining function.
  • Develop and produce necessary signage for all phases of Back-to-Office.


E3 has many solutions to create an excellent hybrid working environments

We are all still navigating the new world of working. E3 is here to help introduce and improve business practices and can implement rules and guidelines for back-to-office and hybrid working.

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