The COVID pandemic brought business several insights, from the strengths and weaknesses of their company culture to the strengths and weaknesses of their workplace technology. But one lesson stands out from the rest: For many organizations, success doesn’t depend on having all of their employees working in the office. The pandemic has given rise to the hybrid work model — the result of all the cultural and technological obstacles employers and employees were forced to overcome during the lockdowns.
The majority of employees (54%) want it. Many employers aren’t so sure. As many as 40% of employees say their organization has not yet communicated any vision for post-pandemic work, and 28% say they only received vague information.
Meanwhile, as we reported in our e-book, How HR Leaders Can Support Employees Returning to Hybrid Work Models, the concept is gaining acceptance as a great way to meet employee preferences for continuing to work remotely while keeping them safe and continuing to run a thriving company.
For HR leaders, the push toward a hybrid work model presents a once-in-a-lifetime challenge and opportunity. Gympass has developed resources that HR leaders can download to support the move into this new land of work. We’ve gathered some of the key points from those resources here.
The Hybrid Work Model: It’s Not All or Nothing
Hybrid work models come in four flavors. You need to determine which will be best for your organization:
- At-will Model: Employees are allowed to choose the work arrangement that best fits them on any day.
- Split-Week Model: Each week, two or three days are work-from-home days and two or three are in-office days. You can even stagger your departments: Team A is in the office Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while Team B is on-site Tuesday and Thursday.
- Shift Work Model: Employees can choose morning or evening shifts in the office.
- Week-by-week model: On a weekly basis, you allow employees to alternate between working at the office and working from home.
As You Create Your Plan, Focus on 3 Key Areas
- Keep employees safe. Adhere to up-to-date government guidelines.
- Reduce fear and confusion. Establish open communication channels now.
- Make employees feel valued. Continue building a culture where employees feel connected and have a clear purpose.
For more information about the four hybrid work models and strategies for successfully focusing on these three key areas, download How HR Leaders Can Support Employees Returning to Hybrid Work Models.
Build a Holistic Employee Wellbeing Program That’s Accessible
Wellness tools and programs are too-often cobbled together from disparate tools, making your initiative difficult to promote, manage, and measure. A holistic approach to employee wellbeing will reduce stress and its impacts on mental and physical health, improve job satisfaction, reduce absenteeism, and boost productivity.
“Creating a wellness program demonstrates that you are invested in your employees’ wellbeing, both in and outside of the workplace,” says Nikki Salenetri, VP, Human Resources at Gympass. “Our employees have been appreciative of having a wellbeing solution that offers a way for them to take care of their mental and physical health during the difficult and stressful time of COVID.”
We’ve prepared a short guide that includes details of seven actionable tips for successfully managing an effective employee wellness program.
Prepare for the Return of In-person Fitness Activities
Physical activity has been critical during the pandemic, especially for helping employees maintain their mental health. In fact, 42.8% of U.S. workers say physical activity was the single most impactful thing they did to support their mental health over the last year, according to a survey of 1,000 U.S. employees over age 18.
Our survey also confirmed that the habit of physical exercise has taken hold and will continue, and that people are comfortable and eager to return to the office (at least part time) and to the gym.
- 89% say they will stay as active or be more active after they return to the office
- 64.6% are excited to return to the gym
- 64.3% are excited about returning to an office (even if they work remotely most of the time)
This is where multi-option wellness solutions can have a significant impact, especially if they include a strong mix of virtual and in-person options for physical workouts. Multi-option wellness solutions give employees an “all-in-one” option, while giving HR teams an effective program that’s easy to manage without administrative headaches. Gympass is the only complete corporate wellbeing platform that provides holistic support for every employee, no matter where they are and when they want it — the ideal solution for hybrid work models.