How are Canadian employees liking a hybrid workplace schedule?

How are Canadian employees liking a hybrid workplace schedule?

Within the past year, many companies have decided to initiate a hybrid schedule for their employees. Employees who have a hybrid schedule work partially from home and partially in-office. This scheduling system has become very popular during the pandemic, and many employers have decided to continue this type of workspace even post-pandemic.

However, there are some employees that are admitting that a hybrid work schedule is even more taxing than completely in-office or remote work.

Employers decided to instill a hybrid workplace to lessen the load and try to make work-life balance easier for employees to manage during this global pandemic. Employers wanted to create a workplace that used what they learned during the pandemic, while continuing to have some days that are similar to pre-pandemic workspaces. In theory, in sounded like the best option and the healthiest way for their workplace to get through a pandemic.

Recently, employees have been disclosing that a hybrid schedule leaves them feeling worn out. There is no chance to get into a routine. There is just continual exhaustion of needing to consistently change how they work. It may not seem like a massive issue but having to change a morning routine or workspace multiple times a week can make the week even harder to manage.

For those employees who enjoy in-office work, hybrid scheduling could make them feel isolated on the days they are working remotely. There is not the same opportunity for collaboration or interaction with their colleagues which could make it challenging to stay driven and inspired to work. Even though some workplaces are only allowing for hybrid working conditions, it may be beneficial for employees to match certain work responsibilities to the days they are at the office.

How can it get better?

If employers want to provide their employees with the opportunity to work remotely, it may be better to offer full-time remote work. There are some employees who like remote work and get the job done – and if employers are happy with their performance, they may want to lean into a remote scheduling system for those employees.

If employers want to stick to hybrid schedules, it may be better to allow the employees to lead the scheduling conversation. It is better for the employer to ask how their employees can perform at their best, instead of the employer telling their employees where they need to execute their job efficiently.

Both methods involve listening to what is best for the employee and coming up with a solution that optimizes their potential.

If you are an employee looking to negotiate your Offer of Employment, or an employer who needs help crafting new policies or contracts, please contact KCY at LAW by filling in an online consultation request or contact us by phone at 905-639-0999 to book your consultation today.