The Blended Working Model

February 22, 2021
Workspaces

The Blended Working Model

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more companies had to adapt their working model to a safer one that emphasizes social distancing and reduces the amount of physical interaction between workers. This way, the spread and the effects of the Coronavirus are limited to the lowest levels.  Going forward, most companies will likely continue this was as it has some benefits below.

What is Blended Working?

The Blended Working Model combines the two traditional working models: face-to-face and remote. The employees have to take advantage of the Future of Work technology advances that allow them to perform tasks that from anywhere. There are currently two distinct approaches to this type of work. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, yet both of them share the same purpose: limiting contact.  Which, is a temporary solution for the current times.


Blended Working Approaches

Approach #1: Rooms Rotation

In this working model, the team leader splits the group into smaller teams. Each room is allocated for a specific task. During the working process, each team goes through each room to sequentially perform the specified activities. 

Advantages:

  • Teams can still collaborate in-person
  • Contact tracing is easier
  • Encourages human interactions


Disadvantages: 

  • Increases the number of dead periods during the day
  • Cannot be applied to processes that have a specific order
  • Creates silos which have negative effects as everything is inter-elated and integrated.

Approach #2: Flipped Office

This approach is the one that brings the remote work into the physical office. Employees use remote technology to perform tasks that are normally conducted in-person. The most used tools are emails, instant messaging platforms, and video conferencing tools.


Advantages:

  • Teams can still collaborate
  • Online trail of all interactions

Disadvantages: 

  • Requires well-prepared employees in terms of technology usage
  • Depends very much on the availability of different tools
  • Increased cyber fatigue

Approach #3: A few days in and a few days out

This is the most popular model where teams work several days from home and a few others from the physical office.

Advantages:

  • Reduced space needs
  • Key focus areas are dealt with when employees are in the office
  • Reduced space expenses

Disadvantages: 

  • Requires well-prepared employees in terms of technology usage at home
  • Wasted space when employees are at home most of the time
  • Increased cyber fatigue

Is Blended Working Effective?

Yes, Blended Working is an effective way of performing the usual tasks while also taking into account the limitations imposed by the nowadays pandemic. Although, team leaders must be closely supervising the activity and continuously surveying the actual efficiency on the field. This way, they can adapt the working model and minimise eventual negative effects caused in the process.



Hedi Chanoufi

My name is Hedi intern @hedichanoufi a 20 year-old Tunisian 🇹🇳 who lives in France🇫🇷 and studies in Boston🇺🇸 . His three hobbies are astronomy🪐 , traveling, and good food👨🏻🍳. I am hard-working business student who can talk about anything with curiosity and passion.

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