A remote-first approach allows for businesses to work remotely, whilst maintaining their offices as space for employees to work from if they would like to.
Some organisations will not allow flexibility to all employees, due to their role within the company, especially if their job requires physical presence in the office.
The main principal behind this hybrid model is the companies will act as a fully remote business, in which employees can be spread across multiple time zones and countries, defaulting to online communication.
To accommodate for the companies that are eager to get back into the office, whilst maintaining a remote workforce, organisations can choose an office-occasional approach. This hybrid model is suitable for companies that do not want to lose money on unused office space, who are not sold on remote working or would prefer to have their employees interact face-to-face at least once a week.
The model requires employees to come into the office a few times a week, however it can depend on the policy of the company. You can provide your employees with the option to choose the days they would like to work from the office, or perhaps have a set day for all employees.
The core principle of office-occasional is that a company will not be fully remote, in which employees can choose to spend more than the required time in the office if they wish. This is more suitable for a workforce that is local rather than distributed, since employees will be required to come into the office occasionally.
Office-first, Remote allowed
This hybrid model means that businesses can keep both their office and remote work, but they designate the office as a primary place for working. This type of work model was most common prior to the covid-19 pandemic, in which a small percentage of employees would work remotely, and the rest worked from one main office.
Usually, a bulk of employees will work from the office, especially if they are all on the same team, whilst employees who may not be required for in-person communication on a day-to-day basis will work from home.
The option is available for employees to work from home when required, for example if they need to look after their children or are unable to reach the office. But at the end of the day, it is preferred that employees will work from the company’s main office.