The world of work has changed a lot in the past few years, resulting in an increase in flexible work approaches. This includes the adoption of remote work where possible. Through your own research or in conversation with other professionals, you may have heard the term ‘hybrid team’. This begs the question, what is a hybrid team anyway?
The following is a definition of what it means to be a hybrid team.
What is a hybrid team?
Hybrid teams are working teams that operate between multiple locations. Most often this includes a mix of time at a co-located office space, and time working from other locations, such as working from home. Those working in an office space may be collaborating with team members in a different location. In some instances hybrid team members rotate between working from an office and working elsewhere on a flexible or semi-regular basis (such as weekly, bi-weekly or even a monthly basis). The makeup isn’t static and can change depending on demand and load.
A hybrid workplace structure provides flexible working options while creating an occasional location for team members to connect and collaborate face-to-face. As a result, a hybrid approach is often best suited to organisations that require specific job functions or departments to work on site. It is believed that a considerable number of teams in the future will be hybrid in nature.
Benefits of a hybrid team structure:
- Increased flexibility and autonomy
- Opportunity to meet and collaborate face-to-face with ease
- Lower operational costs associated with physical office spaces
- Opens organisations up to global talent pools of remote workers
If you’ve been wondering what a hybrid team is all about, we hope that this quick reference guide has been helpful. If you’re in the midst of transitioning your organisation to a hybrid team structure, contact us to discuss how we can help you create a high performing hybrid team through highly engaging virtual training sessions.