How to Balance Remote and Office Working

The purpose and role of the office has been brought into question recently. The past few months spent working from home have highlighted that employees can do so more easily and productively than previously thought.

But can home working ever truly replace the social benefits of the office?

So, as we return to the office, whether part-time or full-time, leaders must navigate what the right strategy is for their business and team.

In this article, we explore the benefits of both remote and office working and how to balance the two.

We also spoke with Dr. Brennan Jacoby, Philosopher and Founder of Philosophy at Work, who shared his insights on creating the right working environment for your brand.

Brennan has spent the last 8 years helping businesses address their most important issues and has recently written a report entitled The Virtues of Virtual. The report unpacks the challenges and opportunities businesses encounter as they navigate work that is a blend of dispersed and co-located teams.

In Brennan’s words, it’s all about

“working out how to work together whether or not we are in fact together”.

And as he shared with us,

”that means taking care not just with making sure that we have the right physical space and tech to enable us to get our work done, but also giving time and attention to the matters of relationship and culture that enable our teams to thrive whether they are physically together or working remotely”.

Here’s our take on the benefits and challenges of remote and office work, including matters of bricks and mortar, but also relationships and culture.

Remote Working

1. Attracting and Retaining Talent

A recent study suggests that 54% of employees say they would change jobs for one that offered them more flexibility.

For parents especially, flexible working can be instrumental for their job satisfaction, focus and efficiency. Working remotely and at times that fit into their schedule build loyalty and reduce turnover.

Not to mention how time and cost effective home-working can be.

2. Environment

Most of us have seen the pictures of the crystal-clear waters in Venice, or animals roaming through towns during lockdown. We’ve been shown that nature can get back on track if humans let it.

As we move towards a more sustainable future, the impact our businesses make on the environment rises up our agendas. It can be a good choice to offer home working, even if for part of your staff, part of the time.

3. Choice

When working from the office, employees often don’t have a choice in their work environment and setting.