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What are different models of Hybrid Remote work?

The world of work is ever changing. People are no longer merely punching the clock at nine and five to go home and watch TV until they do it all over again. They're changing things up in ways that suit them better.

This means finding ways to work that mesh with other aspects of their lives, so workers can have a better balance of work and play. It's not just organizations that need to adapt, but also the way they interact with their employees.

It doesn't matter if you're an organization, worker, or both; it's time to get on board with hybrid work. Here are 3 of the most common work structures you can use to revolutionize your business:

On Premise Work - In Office

To start, you have the option to bring all of your employees into an office or just some. You can have on-site workers powering up devices in one location while others are working off site. Maybe the best part about this model is that it doesn't require communication technology if everyone is together under one roof, which makes for easy collaboration and immediate feedback.

Rebecca Hinds, an organizational physician and entrepreneur, shares her experience with this model at her company, Asana. She says that they are "adopting an office-centric hybrid approach in which employees will be co-located in an office most of the time but are able to work from home on Wednesdays and also have a lot of flexibility in terms of setting their own hours."

This work model provides a sense of camaraderie, teamwork ,and synergy that happens when people are in the same space working toward the same goal. Employees can pick up on social cues through nonverbal communication or share their ideas during brainstorming sessions without needing to find time for a video chat.

However, there are some downsides to this model. Not everyone wants to work in the same space, which means you'll have to hire multiple teams who work well together and understand how their lack of face-to-face collaboration will affect the outcome.

Hybrid Work

Another option is to have some people come in and work at your office while others choose to work from home or a local coffee shop. For example, you might have a design team work at your office, but allow your marketing and customer service teams to work from home. This gives remote workers the freedom they want while also granting the on-site team the ability to be face-to-face when needed.

Hybrid work could be good for those who like the idea of working with other people but don't want to do it all day every day. They might feel pressured by coworkers and need time away from them to concentrate on a task.

It could also be that they just struggle with social anxiety and would rather work in an environment where they can have some quiet time. "The biggest pitfall of the hybrid work approach is that remote workers can end up feeling like second-class citizens. They also often have fewer career opportunities. That combination is bad for employee engagement, productivity and retention," writes Hailey Griffis, the head of public relations at Buffer.

Remote Only

Remote workers are those who work from home, coffee shops, or other places that aren't an office. They might even have a small space set up for themselves at their house or another location.

This approach has plenty of benefits, especially for those who enjoy working alone. There's no office drama or distractions and workers don't have to worry about feeling pressure from coworkers because there won't be any in their space.

"While this model offers a major advantage of minimizing inequities, it can be very challenging to build a strong sense of belonging," adds Rebecca Hinds, an organizational physician and entrepreneur.

Types of Hybrid Work

Depending on the type of work you're responsible for as a manager, one approach may work better than another. You'll need to decide what kind of tasks your employees will be working on and whether they'll need constant communication throughout the day or if it's possible for them to complete their projects by themselves. There are mainly two approaches to hybrid work:

  1. Everyone spends X days in the office every week or every month - This approach works well for those who depend on one another. If you need your group to work as a team and share their ideas with each other, you should consider having them all work together in the same office. If this isn't possible, you can bring everyone into an office at least once a week or even once a month so they can still communicate and share ideas.

  2. Everyone chooses to work from an office or remote or a combination of both - This approach is great for those who are able to create their own schedule and manage their time throughout the week. If you have workers who choose to work from home one day and an office the next, it's best to let them figure out what works best for them. This way, they're more likely to stay productive and feel satisfied since it's up to them whether or not they'd like to change their schedule.


According to Harvard Business Review, are primarily two design concepts that will assist you in identifying the most appropriate generic organizational model for remote working at scale:

  1. "Consider the task context of your organization’s core activities." - The types of tasks performed in an organization should influence how you design your organizational structure.

  2. "Evaluate the competitive importance of having employees in international markets." Team members in different locations may need to interact with one another on a regular basis. If this is the case, you'll want to consider creating more integrated teams and hiring people who are more flexible when it comes to their location.

The most important thing to remember here is that you need to take your time and consider all the advantages and disadvantages of each approach before choosing one for your company. As a manager, it's essential for you to know what will work best depending on what type of work your employees are responsible for since each model has different requirements.

Take some time to analyze the clientele you serve as well as the industry your company belongs to. This will help you decide whether remote work, hybrid work or multiple workspaces are best suited for your organization. If you're still having trouble determining which model is right for your company, you can always test out a few options and see how they affect productivity and employee satisfaction.