The COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to communicate virtually, and the productivity and mental health of employees improved as a result. While a large majority would still prefer to work from home indefinitely, there are still many professionals and organizations who would rather commute to the office and work in-person. 

Flexibility & employee happiness 

Enter the hybrid work schedule. The biggest perk of working hybrid is its flexibility. Allowing employees to choose when they come in grants them autonomy and earns their trust. They’re able to determine when coming into the office works for them and when it doesn’t. Additionally, when employees don’t have to commute every single day, they aren’t forced to live in areas they can’t afford.  

Forbes stresses this point, saying, “When employees are able to work from anywhere, it won’t be as important to live near expensive urban areas (more than one-fifth of employees are already considering or planning to move somewhere more than 50 miles from work). The flexibility of remote work will also allow parents to balance work and childcare more easily, and hiring managers will be able to cast a wider net and find candidates from all across the country.” 

Socialization of being in office

When asked what they miss the most about office culture, many professionals allude to the social aspect. Working remotely keeps you behind a screen and doesn’t allow for socialization. When using a hybrid schedule, employees get the opportunity to meet people and network. This is especially important for young adults entering the workforce for the first time.  

Creativity & productivity increase

Creativity and innovation can’t be forced. Employees know when they have the proper energy and resources to produce quality work. Hybrid schedules promote this idea. LinkedIn says, “A hybrid workforce lets employees develop their creative energy when they select. You also can support with easing and stress management. When workers feel less pressure and become comfortable, they have the prospect to produce their own time and relationships. More employers are finding that this leads to better time management with quicker goal accomplishment.” 

The ability to wake up and decide whether the commute is feasible is an amazing opportunity for professionals. Those with children, disabilities, or other ailments are given more independence in their work-life balance. WeWork mentions, “They can choose to work when they’re feeling most productive, whether that’s in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. When employees are happier, better rested, and less stressed, they do better work.” 

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All in all, hybrid schedules have just as many perks and benefits as remote or fully in-person work. No matter your preference, if you’re interested in chatting with one of our talented recruiters and finding the schedule that works for you, visit our Jobs Board today!

Green Key Unlocked: Company Culture in Pandemic Aftermath

The coronavirus pandemic altered our lives in more ways than we can count. While masks and social distancing have become the new normal, so has the outlook of the corporate world. In the past year, more adults than ever have been making large career changes and bettering their work lives. In August of 2020, a record 4.3 million people quit their jobs in the U.S., in what many are calling “The Great Resignation.” 

What is causing this recent corporate trend? 

With canceled events and offices closing down, many professionals had a chance to reassess their wants and needs. This led to a huge surge in job departures and industry switches. Compensation and advancement opportunities were common factors, but the biggest reason? Lack of appreciation. 

“One of the things I hear the most when talking with job seekers is they feel undervalued in their current role,” says Kiki Tyler, Account Executive of Office Support at Green Key Resources. Clients reaching out are concerned about company culture, a detail many have overlooked in the past. Work from home culture has taken a significant effect on the importance of flexibility.  

In short, money isn’t everything. Job hunters want to know they can be trusted by their managers to get their work done. Gone are the days of long commutes and being chained to a desk. This need for a healthy work-life balance is what caused many people to flee their previous jobs. 

In a recent Prudential survey polling 2,000 adults, 87% said they’d prefer to work remotely at least one day a week. In fact, 42% of them claim that if their company didn’t allow fully remote work, they would find work elsewhere. This has caused a major shift in the way companies are treating their employees. 

Tyler says, “Throwing money at the problem isn’t going to make it go away. Increasing an employee’s salary to get them to stay is a short-term solution to a bigger issue. Company culture and communication are two places to look for low, no-cost solutions companies can implement now to make people feel more valued and appreciated today.” 

How can employers value their employees? 

These changes are happening quickly and companies will feel the need to keep up. The cost of filling lost roles versus making simple changes is becoming more and more prevalent. And while the perfect company culture varies from person to person, feeling “burned out” and underappreciated is no longer considered acceptable. 

Anthony Klotz, an associate professor of management at Texas A&M who coined the phrase “The Great Resignation”, says, “I think employers are going to need to do some trial and error, run some experiments on different setups. Organizations should approach this like a scientist.” 

This new work-life balance demand might seem difficult to achieve, but can definitely bring along some positive experiences. Valued adults produce better work. Various happy hours and free yoga will no longer suffice. Companies need to listen and learn from their employees, while growing together with them in this new age of work options.  

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