4 Hybrid Remote Work Models for Growing Companies

Offering remote work allows businesses to draw from a global larger talent pool. This article will give you a general overview of how and why implementing hybrid remote work models will benefit your business and four hybrid work models to explore.

Blog Author - Janelle Watson
Janelle Watson
Feb 20, 20245 minutes
Blog Author - Janelle Watson
Janelle Watson

Janelle Watson provides content marketing for the international team at Justworks. With a background in higher education and journalism, Janelle helps tell stories that make international expansion and EOR accessible.

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The hybrid remote work model can increase productivity while also giving employees more flexibility. However, the switch can be challenging for some employers, especially as they navigate the uncertain future of work. 


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Why should you consider a hybrid remote work model? 

According to studies, 87% of employees wanted to remain remote after COVID-19, meaning  that a large number of workers found that the at-home work environment suited them better than the traditional office setting. 56% of workers stated that they wanted a hybrid mix of both in-person office work and remote work. 

As an employer, considering a hybrid or remote model is dependant on unique factors such as the size of your company, industry, and how workplace culture factors into day-to-day business.  

Employers that offer flexible remote work options and schedules are more likely to attract attention from top talent. This flexibility demonstrates that employers are placing a premium on work-life balance for their team members by not forcing them to commute to the office five days a week. 

4 types of hybrid remote work models

When thinking about how to implement hybrid remote work models into your business practices, you should ask questions about the necessary work environment for employees to complete their everyday tasks. Can they work completely from home? Do they need guidance that can only be done in-person? What specific technology can only be used in an office, if any? Does the type of work provide flexibility to remote workers?  

Then, you should consider scheduling. Is there a way for you to split up the work week? Is there mandatory in-office work that needs to be completed on certain days? Should you institute mandatory work-from-home days to prevent proximity bias? How can you structure one-on-one interactions with your employees in the virtual space? Do you have the ability to allow part of your team to work remotely, and the other half in-person depending on what work arrangement suits their lifestyle needs? Answering the above questions will give you a clearer vision of if and how you can implement hybrid remote work.

1. At-will with a focus on remote 

The at-will hybrid model can allow employees to work 100% remotely. However, with this set-up, employees who prefer the office setting or need some extra help in-person can still go into the physical office and work. Instead of traditional office spaces, many companies rent out coworking spaces.. This is a great option for accommodating the needs of your employees. 

Thanks to video conferencing tools like Zoom and Google Meet, your in-office team can still meet with employees who are headquartered in their own homes. The at-will model is also good for sectors like real estate, who want to host in-person meetings with clients, investors, and others from outside the organization. 

The at-will hybrid remote work model is a great way for businesses to accommodate all employees, but you should create a detailed plan to make this transition to avoid chaos and confusion. 

2. Mostly office setting, with some WFH days

This option is a good choice for businesses that require heavy in-person collaboration between employees. This model allows for flexibility when it comes to individual work, but the main goal is for most employees  to come in most days. This is one of the best options for employers who place a strong emphasis on teamwork or projects. It’s also a good option for teams that work with highly confidential information and data.

3. Remote friendly or remote-first 

Remote friendly or remote-first works best when a sizable portion of your employees can complete their everyday tasks in the work-from-home setting. Normally, these types of companies give prospective employees the option before they begin to choose if they want to work in the office or want to work remotely. Some companies don’t even require employees to live near an office or HQ. 

Today, most employees want the option to work from home. By explaining during the recruiting process that your company is remote friendly, you will have a better chance of securing top talent and giving them the ability to work anywhere, since you won’t need to convince them to move across the country. Plus, you will save money on employee relocation costs.

This option is most viable for larger companies who have the infrastructure to onboard employees remotely. Many startups and tech companies have embraced this model. 

4. Split-week or week-by-week model

Split-week and week-by-week hybrid remote work models are designed to allow employees to have a mixture of in-person and remote work. This sets up flexible work arrangements that gives employees both a remote and in-office experience. 

You could choose to have different teams work during certain days of the week in-person to avoid overcrowding in the workplace while the rest work from home. Another option is to determine which meetings or tasks need to be completed in office and assign those days for in-person work while allowing the rest of the work week to be completed remotely. 

Some companies, including Microsoft, have taken an extra step and reduced the work week to only four days, giving employees a three-day weekend to prioritize work/life balance. 

Although this is a great hybrid remote option for larger companies, it might be harder to implement for startups and small businesses, since HR will need to navigate a number of complexities. For some companies, especially Fortune 500 and other major enterprises with a long history of in-office work, this is a great approach to start testing hybrid and remote work models to see how it fits into company culture and productivity. 

How to implement hybrid remote work

As your business begins to evaluate if a t hybrid remote work model fits your company and team, you should also consider the pros and cons of how you can implement (and transition into) this structure. 

Although most of the workforce today prefers remote work, there are always issues that arise with this type of setup. Many employees find themselves feeling isolated and struggle with focus and a proper work-life balance, as some employees do prefer to work in an office setting. 

Here are the best strategies for helping ease your company into the hybrid remote work model: 

  • Invest in cybersecurity: Most businesses need to invest in good cybersecurity, as remote work has rapidly increased the amount of problems with cyberattacks and breaches of information. Make sure that you have a strong IT department that can help implement strategies to protect classified and personal information for your business. Also, be sure to properly train remote employees on how they can practice safe cybersecurity practices. 

  • Invest in employee wellness: Working from home can be lonely, and hybrid remote work models can also increase burnout among employees. Try to encourage employees to take ownership of their wellness outside of work by encouraging breaks for meditation or exercise.. 

  • Prioritize engagement: Employees that work remotely may have a harder time staying focused and engaged with everyday tasks. Check in with them and see what would help them best in the remote setting. Set clear expectations and don’t fill employees' days with busy work. 

  • Encourage  communication: Much like prioritizing engagement, , you should also make sure that communication is key both among employees and between employees and managers. By prioritizing one-on-one interactions and setting expectations, employees can feel empowered when working a hybrid remote model. . It can be  harder to make connections remotely, but try to make employees feel comfortable enough to communicate, no matter where they work. 

  • Test what works best for your company and culture: Before jumping right into a hybrid remote work model, you should think specifically about what might work for your company culture and test this model. Though it may take time, jumping right in might result in confusion or lost work hours.

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This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.
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Blog Author - Janelle Watson
Janelle Watson
Feb 20, 20245 minutes

Janelle Watson provides content marketing for the international team at Justworks. With a background in higher education and journalism, Janelle helps tell stories that make international expansion and EOR accessible.

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