Remember when the pandemic forced us to adapt to a new reality of working from home? Who doesn’t? Well, it looks like a lot of people enjoyed the reality a little too much and don’t want to go back to working from the office.
While some organizations are allowing employees to continue to work from home if they want to, others don’t have the luxury. However, many organizations are considering a hybrid work arrangement as an alternative.
What Is a Hybrid Work Arrangement?
A hybrid working arrangement offers a mix of remote and in-office work. This means that employees don’t have to physically go to work every day or choose where to carry out their work duties — for example, medical professionals seeing patients virtually.
A hybrid workforce may also mean that some employees are allowed to work from home, while others have to work in-office. For instance, the front desk and medical receptionist may work remotely, while doctors have to work in the health facility.
Complexities To Consider Before Implementing a Hybrid Workforce
The hybrid workforce has several benefits, including increased flexibility for workers and improved productivity. However, it isn’t without its complexities, which we’ve outlined below.
· Work Appraisal
Given that a section of your workforce would be working away from the office and away from the direct supervision of managers, how do you then appraise their work? In complex industries like healthcare, this could be challenging and sometimes lead to appraisal bias. It is vital that you find ways to appraise both sets of employees unbiasedly.
· High Implementation Costs
The cost of implementing the hybrid model depends on how extensive you wish to go. Some businesses tend to provide full support for employees working remotely by providing the necessary resources to execute their work. These resources include laptops to internet subscriptions, which can be expensive.
· Experiencing Work Differently
Due to the nature of the hybrid workspace, employees may experience work differently. Those who work in-office will experience and benefit from in-person interactions with colleagues. On the other hand, those working remotely may be unable to bond with colleagues and accidentally become alienated.
· Communication Gaps
Implementing a successful hybrid work model is dependent on having a solid communication system. Beyond selecting the right communication technology, conscious efforts would be needed to ensure that both employees working remotely and in-office are on the same page. Employees working in-office can easily forget to share information with remote employees.
Although many companies are adopting the hybrid work arrangement post-pandemic, it isn’t without its complexities. As a healthcare facility looking to adopt the hybrid work model, you must identify these complexities to find ways to make your hybrid workforce work seamlessly. If you need help transitioning your medical staff to a hybrid workforce, you can reach out to us at RG Staffing today!