In a nearly post-pandemic world, we will continue to see the growth of hybrid workforce models and other perks focused on employee mental health.
Now that traditional workplaces have reopened, some workers have been eager to get back to the office while others prefer to continue working from home. Desperate to fill vacant positions, employers are more inclined than ever to support employee mental health. Hence, the rise of hybrid workforce models. Many employers are ready to allow their teams to work partly from the office and partly from remote locations. But, does this help employees’ mental health?
With all we’ve experienced over the past two years, 72% of knowledge workers recently surveyed by Salesforce said they’ll make or maintain at least one major change to their work lives after the pandemic has ended. Just under half said hybrid workforce models bode best for overall well-being, with nearly 60% saying mental and physical well-being top the list of reasons for hybrid work.
Hybrid workforce models are relatively new in the corporate world. However, their link to fostering better employee mental health is undeniable.
Benefits of Hybrid Working
While working from home can be lonely, spending your days in a toxic work environment is even worse. Working in a high-stress setting can be detrimental to your mental wellbeing, but the harmful effects can be reduced if you don’t have to go to the same workplace every day.
Hybrid workforce models are designed so that you will be working from home a few days a week. This obviously translates to reduced commute time and expenses. You can use the saved time and money to connect with loved ones, pursue a passion, exercise, or invest in yourself. All these are great for enhancing mental health.
Better Work-Life Balance
One of the major setbacks of working from home is the blurred line between work and personal life. Many people struggle to unplug at the end of the day, working long hours and risking burnout. Working from the office a few days of the week, as outlined in most hybrid workplace models, helps break this chain to achieve a better balance.
Working from home for a prolonged time can lead to feelings of isolation, which works against employee mental health. Going to the office even for a few days allows you to connect with others, which enhances happiness.
Not only does a hybrid work schedule improve employee mental health, it is a prominent perk candidates are looking for. Offering a hybrid work schedule to your employees gives candidates the flexibility to create the work-life balance they desire.
A recent report by Accenture found that 63 percent of high-revenue-growth companies have already enabled hybrid workforce models where employees have the option of working remotely or on-site.
The data is undeniable. Hybrid workforce models are not only proving to be more effective, but it is what candidates are most looking for in a job opportunity. You can find the right hybrid model for your organization with some thought and support.
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