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You’re in the right place if you want to know what hybrid remote work is. It’s basically a nice balance between working outside of the office and inside of the office. The frequency of either depends on the policies of the company you work for. I had the opportunity to work a hybrid schedule and it was actually quite nice.

What I loved about my setup was that coming into the office was not a requirement unless we were having a whiteboard session with the team. This worked out to be around once or twice every other month. Other than that, there was no required number of days per week I needed to be in the office.

However, I did have a project at one point that required me to meet with stakeholders on-site. Other than that, it was nice to know that I could go into the office whenever I wanted to.

What is hybrid remote work? And what do organizations prefer?

It seems like after 2020, the hot thing to do is to get a remote job in tech. For me, it also seemed like the most logical thing to do. And with my dream job of being a fulltime blogger, this transition seemed like the perfect segway into making that dream a reality.  I think a lot of millennial and gen-z professionals also began to seriously consider their quality of life and how the work environment really impacts that.  

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As stated above, hybrid remote work is having the ability to work part-time in the office and part-time from home and it varies from company to company. Word on the street is that many employers want to see employees return to work largely due to the increase of cybersecurity issues that come with remotely. 

According to Forbes, 73% of executives believe working outside of the office poses a security risk. 

Is hybrid remote work right for you?

You’ll have to assess your personality and preferred working styles to know if hybrid remote work is right for you. If you’re a people person who enjoys being around co-workers and experiencing the camaraderie, then hybrid remote work or remote only, will probably not work for you.

On the flip side, if you’re introverted and work best without interruptions from office employees, you’d likely enjoy the hybrid remote work model. What’s most important is to examine is how practical it is for you and your productivity levels.

Basically, it’s not a good idea to just want this type of schedule if you don’t plan to be productive. Remember, you should not treat your work from home days as days off of work.

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Navigating the pros and cons

With everything, there are some pros and cons. We’ll start with the pros:

Pros

  • More work/life balance – this is an obvious pro as you essentially get the best of both worlds in a hybrid remote work environment. You get to connect with your team face to face when required and you also gain some time back on the days you get to stay home. Commuting back and forth between work and home robs you of 2-4 hours of your day depending on your travel time. 
  • Less stress – there’s something extremely comforting about working for a company who values their employees’ time and efforts. Provided that your role’s effectiveness does not depend on you being in the office every day, I think it makes sense to have the opportunity to work remotely some days. 
  • Freedom of options – this was it for me. When I worked a hybrid remote role, having the freedom to go into the office or work from home was a game changer. Having access to the office building with all the resources, supplies and support made life that much easier. And we can’t leave out the luxury of having free coffee, tea and snacks in the break room. Furthermore, having the option to stay home and work because you’re getting your house repainted and need to be there when the contractors arrive is top tier. 

Cons

  • Less team collaboration – Let’s face it, actually liking the people you work with is a huge blessing and it’s either hit or miss with each job. I’ve heard some workplace environment horror stories. Provided that you don’t necessarily care for your team, you’re less likely to engage with them if you have to see them every day at work. Sometimes even if you need to collaborate with them on a project, you may look for ways to avoid them all together. This is not a good practice and working from home should not encourage that behavior. 
  • Less facetime with colleagues – Some companies require you to be on camera during meetings and some don’t. I’ve experienced both and honestly it was weird at first. It almost gives you this eerie feeling of “is this even a real person I’m speaking to”. That’s just how my mind works if I haven’t seen you at least once. This also leaves you feeling a bit disconnected. That’s why I’d encourage any hybrid remote worker to show your face on camera occasionally as well as pop into the office even if it’s not a requirement.

Creating your unique work blend

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Honestly, it might not be up to you. Whatever the company policies are around hybrid remote work and how often you can stay at home or need to come into the office is up to them. You do however have control over what company and industry you want to work in. Filter your job search to seek positions that align with your unique work blend.

Understand that it might take a bit longer to find the exact combination of your choice but once you do, it’ll be worth it. 

It’s a good idea to prioritize your wellbeing as it relates to your workplace environment and ensure you’re making a decision that is mutually beneficial to you and the organization you decide to work with.