What is a hybrid work schedule? [benefits + examples]

Remote work comes with its pros and cons.

On one hand, remote employees enjoy more flexibility and autonomy, it can save money, and it allows for work with fewer interruptions.

On the other hand, if you don’t have the right infrastructure, this work environment can be truly chaotic.

A hybrid work schedule gives you the best of remote working while removing some of the downsides involved.

Today, we’ll show you exactly what a hybrid work schedule is, how it works, and how to manage both individual and collaborative hybrid work schedules.

What is a hybrid work schedule?

There are 3 different employee work models:

  • On-premise: traditional teams that work in the office.
  • Remote: teams made up of people working from different locations.
  • Hybrid: a combination of the other 2 models.

A hybrid work schedule combines on-premise and remote models and creates a unique (and more flexible) environment — one where team members alternate time in the office with a bit of remote work.

There are also different types of hybrid work options. Some of the most common include:

  • Split-team: you have both full-time remote workers and full-time on-premise employees.
  • Shifts: everyone works on-premise a few days a week and remotely part of the week.
  • Flexible: your team members can choose between working from home or at the office.
Visual representation of the three hybrid models

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We’ll cover practical information on how to actually manage a hybrid schedule a bit later, but first, let’s address a crucial point.

What are the pros and cons of a hybrid work schedule?

Now that you understand the basics of hybrid work schedules, let’s explore the different pros and cons involved.

Pros:

Some benefits of implementing a hybrid work schedule include:

  • More flexibility: you can plan your schedule with more flexibility and work with less stress.
  • Hire both locally and globally: find talent all over the world while keeping a physical team.
  • Reduce costs: reduce your office space, office materials, and overall overhead costs.

Cons:

Some of the main disadvantages of adopting a hybrid work schedule include:

  • Coordination can be a true challenge: orchestrating a hybrid team can be time-consuming and difficult at the beginning.
  • Technology: reduced face time can require adopting new technology, which can be costly.
  • Learning curve: managing projects with a hybrid team involves a deep learning curve. – Read more

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