Hybrid Work Model Examples

 

In the post-pandemic future of work, 9 out of 10 organisations will be combining remote and on-premise working, according to a new McKinsey survey of 100 executives across industries and geographies. Your company might be still wondering what is the best way to implement a hybrid work model, so reviewing some hybrid work model examples can be a good point of departure.

Investigating various hybrid work model examples can provide you with an idea of what industry leaders are viewing as the future of work. After all, it is safe to assume that larger companies will devote more resources to researching and experimenting until finding an optimum hybrid work policy.

introdus, employee onboarding software, is guided by a clear principle: your employer has a duty to provide you with the necessary tools and knowledge to be successful at your job, regardless if you are working within a hybrid office, or a hybrid work from home set-ups.

This article will provide hybrid work model policy examples from companies such as Google, and Hubspot. You will additionally find a brief discussion of the hybrid work schedule, including some hybrid work schedule examples.

Hybrid Work Model Examples Insights

Regardless of whether or not we slide into another recession as a result of Covid-19, the experience will likely cause employers to rethink the “where” and “how” of work.


—Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics.

Hybrid Work Model Examples

 

Before looking at real life hybrid work examples, let’s briefly review some of the “theory” of hybrid work implementations. The following are examples of hybrid work to be performed by the single employee.

1. Hybrid office working is an office-centric approach to hybrid work.

2. Hybrid work from home  is an arrangement where some regular commutes to the office might still be expected from you, however not daily.

3. Remote first is a model where you are expected to be working predominantly from home. Your company could consider maintaining an office space, but redesigning it completely, as a collaboration space, where, for example, you would not have an allocated desk space.

Other hybrid workplace model examples could have some workers fully remote and others full on-site, or some a hybrid between remote periods and office periods (for example at least a week per month is to be spent in the office, while the rest is remote).

Let us now investigate some real world hybrid work model policy examples.

 

Hybrid Work Model Examples: HubSpot

 

HubSpot’s hybrid work model example is based on an ethos of “results matter more than when or where they’re produced.” As a result, their hybrid work implementation is based on creating a menu of choices for their employees, so that they can choose whatever matches best their lifestyles and how they do their best work.

The first option “@office” entails that the employees come to the office at least 3 times a week. As a result, they have an allocated office space, where most of their work equipment will be placed. When one opts for this option, they do not get allocated an at-home desk set-up, as their activities will predominantly be performed from the office.

The second option “@flex” entails that the employees come to the office 2 or fewer days per week, the rest of their activities being performed remotely. As a result, they will not have an individual office space, instead HubSpot puts at their disposal a “hotel desk” for those days when they work on-site. The main set-up for these employees will be the work-from-home (WFH) set-up, which HubSpot will help support.

The last option “@home” entails a almost fully remote work arrangement. HubSpot will be exclusively in charge of providing the employees with their WFH set-up in order to ensure that employees have access to a set-up that is “safe, sound, and [that] sets [them] up for success.”

Hybrid Work Model Examples Insights

We believe that work is not a place. Our culture is not tied to locations, it’s rooted in our values, our amazing people, and our mission of helping millions of organizations grow better.


—HubSpot.

Hybrid Work Model Examples: Google

 

Google’s approach to hybrid work is also multifaceted. However, there is a bigger focus on the office, Google choosing a 3/2 work model, which means spending approximately three days in the office and two days wherever the employees work best (home, coffee shop, co-working space etc.). Google does note, though, that some roles may need to be on site more than three days a week due to the nature of the work.

Additionally, there is also the possibility for Google employees to apply for switching to a fully remote work model. But approval will depend on the role of the employee and the team needs.

Moreover, Google also offers a “work-from-anywhere” framework, which will allow employees to temporarily work from a location other than their main office for up to 4 weeks yearly if approved by their respective managers.

With regards to in-office time, Google anticipates it being focused on collaboration, which will determine the exact arrangements for which teams should come together in the office at the same time.

Google’s leadership acknowledges the need to redesign the office space, so as to be conducive to better collaboration both in person and remotely. For this reason, Google is testing new multi-purpose offices and private workspaces, as well as working to develop advanced video technology that would create greater equity between employees in the office and those participating virtually.

There is an expectation that once the pandemic is over, 60% of Googlers will be coming together in the office a few days a week, another 20% will be working in new office locations, and 20% will be working from home.

Hybrid Work Model Examples Insights

The future of work is flexibility. The changes [in the working model] are a starting point to help us do our very best work and have fun doing it.


—Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet.

Hybrid Work Model Examples: Spotify

 

Spotify introduced its Work From Anywhere (WFA) model, envisioned as a new way of collaborating, supposed to allow its staff to work from “wherever they do their best thinking and creating.” This is a similar approach to HubSpot’s.

Spotify clearly states that “Work isn’t something our people come to the office for, it’s something they do.”  As a result, Spotify is offering employees the flexibility to choose for themselves the location that will allow them to perform the most effective work.

Thus, Spotify employees have the opportunity to elect a “Work Mode” – making a selection of geographic location, as well as choosing between full time from home, from the office, or a combination of the two. Each employee has to decide for themselves and get approved by their manager.

With regards to the choice of physical location, if an employee chooses to work from a location that is not near a Spotify office, but would still like to experience a hybrid arrangement, meaning in-office work, Spotify will support them with a co-working space membership.

 

Hybrid Work Schedule Examples

 

A hybrid work schedule is a plan that illustrates the time to be spent both remotely and in-office.

A hybrid work schedule can have varying degrees of rigidity, meaning that some work places might require employees to draft and stick to the hybrid work schedule due to limited office capacity, or, limited available desks capacity.

When designing a hybrid work schedule, many managers might opt for having teams always together at the office and at home at the same time: so there are designated days, which apply for the entire team. This makes planning and collaboration slightly easier. However, there is less flexibility for the individual worker, as there is a predefined plan for when to work remotely and when to work on-site.

Below you can find such a hybrid work schedule example: the marketing team of a company has just received the planning and hybrid work schedule for the first 4 weeks of 2022.

Download the Hybrid Work Schedule Example

 

The hybrid work model examples included in this article illustrate that there is no such a thing as a one size fits all approach to hybrid work. 

At introdus, employee onboarding software, we firmly believe that employee well-being should be at the core of any well-functioning business. If there is one piece of advice to pass on to you and your employer is that finding the right balance between employee needs and organisational needs will probably require some trial and error. However, as long as the needs of the employees are listened to, your company’s planning for the future workspace is already on the right track.

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