Since the beginning of the modern office, employers have traditionally enforced a rigid 9-to-5 office schedule, believing that it was the only way to function effectively. Then, when COVID-19 hit, many companies transitioned to remote work — and for many, the outcome was positive. The majority of employees adapted well, and some were even thriving and increasing their levels of productivity.
The pandemic has permanently changed the way we work. Companies that used to function completely in person may now allow for hybrid and remote positions, enabling employees to work the way they prefer, tend to personal responsibilities, and achieve a better work-life balance. While there are challenges associated with both remote and in-office work environments, there may be one that’s better suited to you than the other.
If you work in an office, your employer may have recently given you the option to choose whether you work from the office, your home, or a combination of the two. If you aren’t sure which option will be best for your professional and personal life, take our quiz below to find out which work option suits you best! But first, let’s talk about your work options.
Remote, In-Office, and Hybrid Work Options
In today’s new working environment, there are three options available.They include:
- In-office: All job responsibilities and working hours are done on company property.
- Remote: Job responsibilities are carried out in a location other than the office, usually at home.
- Hybrid: This is a split between in-office and remote work with some job hours spent in the office and some at home.
Each of these has advantages to consider.
Despite the option to work remotely, you might choose to work in the office because:
- You like to follow a consistent routine of getting ready, leaving the house, and driving to the office in order to get into a working mindset
- You enjoy the company and support of coworkers and experience a boost of creativity working in person with other humans
- You like to be able to leave work behind at the office when it’s time to end the work day
- The nature of your work is highly collaborative
- You struggle to feel productive at home with distractions like TV, family, and lack of supervision
Benefits of Working In the Office
Your company has likely designed your office space to meet the unique needs of your job position. It’s equipped with the tools, technology, people, and culture who can support and help you work efficiently.
Additionally, it’s easier to forge genuine connections with those you work with through the in-office interactions that occur naturally when passing someone in the hallway, waiting for a meeting to start in the conference room, making coffee in the break room, and at the table during the lunch hour. Your in-office relationships will expand your social group, your job satisfaction, and may even put you on the radar for promotions.
If you’re considering remote work, you might find it an attractive option for several reasons:
- You find the bustling workplace distracting and non-conducive to your job responsibilities
- You want to add time back into your day and help the environment by avoiding the long commute to the office
- You need the safe, comforting home atmosphere to fully harness your creativity and find the conventional office cubicle to be draining
- Your daily household responsibilities make work flexibility a priority
Benefits of Remote Working
In one of our recent studies, we found that employees value work schedule and location flexibility above lifestyle, education, child care, and fitness perks. What’s more, when given the flexibility to work from home, employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention rates tend to increase, according to the Harvard Business Review. When people have a healthier work-life balance, they may also become more engaged and have more energy to devote to their job.
Not only does the remote work option resolve some of your most common concerns as an employee, but it can also expand the hiring pool to highly qualified candidates who live outside the location of the company office. This means you get to recruit top talent.
Hybrid work is a happy medium for employers who need their workforce back in the office as much as possible and for employees who want the flexibility to be remote some of the time. You might adopt a hybrid work option because:
- You enjoy being able to choose when and where you work for maximum productivity
- You like that hybrid work enables you to schedule work around your personal schedule
- Going back and forth between the office and home adds variety to your work life
- You can work in the place that best suits your mood and the type of work you’re doing that day
Benefits of Hybrid Work
This work option enables people to come into the office at a specific time of day, on certain days of the week, on alternating weeks, or at their leisure. It may be that they work optimally at home but have certain aspects of their job that need to be done in the office, or it could simply be that an occasional change of scenery keeps them on their toes. As a hybrid worker, you would reap many of the same benefits that remote workers enjoy as well as the option to set up your office schedule in a way that works best for you.
Which Work Option Is Best Suited to Your Life?
Now that you have some insight on the three work options and their benefits, let’s see which one will help you shine for your employer, realize your potential, and be the best version of yourself!
If you answered “yes” less than 7 times
What it means:
You belong in the office! While working remotely during the pandemic, you found that home is too distracting to be a permanent work arrangement. You like being in the office because your workspace has been tailored for your job, which puts you in the right mindset and boosts your productivity.
You are energized by office relationships and prefer in-person communication to company chats, emails, calls, or texts. Maybe you have a job position that requires constant collaboration with coworkers or clients in person. Either way, you can always be found in the most social corners of the office, and you’d never think of missing out on any company activities or lunch outings — and people love you for it!
If you answered “yes” more than 7 times:
What it means:
You’re a thoughtful, introspective person who thrives on the peace and quiet of your home workspace. Some of your best ideas arise during personal brainstorm time. You aren’t opposed to social interaction, but you may not necessarily need it to feel fulfilled in your work. On the other hand, you might have a big, extroverted personality that places high value on work relationships, but personal responsibilities keep you home — so you find ways to stay connected to office culture.
You’ve never needed supervision to stay on task; you are self-motivated and productive for your own personal gratification. You excel in nonverbal communication because it gives you time to carefully craft your words and communicate ideas and sentiments effectively. These traits make you a great candidate for the remote work lifestyle!
If you answered “yes” exactly 7 times
What it means:
You could thrive in the office or at home. You enjoy the clarity of thought you find in the solitude of your home office, and you might also have personal commitments that require you to work at home sometimes. Maybe you’re a student balancing the demands of higher education and a full-time job, or perhaps you have children to watch several days a week while your spouse works an opposite schedule.
At the same time, you’re a social team player who needs regular collaboration with coworkers. Your many responsibilities have made you impressively adaptable, so a hybrid work option would suit you well. You could come into the office a few times per week to attend meetings and join heads with your coworkers on important projects and work the rest of the time at home.