Hybrid working

Stephen Simpson Editor's message: Hybrid working, which is sometimes referred to as "blended working", is a form of flexible working that allows employees to split their time between attending the workplace and working remotely (typically from home).

The coronavirus pandemic has provided many employers with the unique opportunity to make their workforce more agile through hybrid working, particularly where their employees have shown that they can continue to perform to a high level with a more flexible approach in place.

The hybrid working model also provides employers with a valuable way to improve their workforce’s work-life balance. Many employees would rather not return to less flexible pre-pandemic working arrangements, and are keen to embrace this new way of working.

However, the introduction of hybrid working is not without its challenges. It is important for employers to:

  • consult with their workforce about the move to hybrid working;
  • review their contracts of employment to decide if they need amending, looking particularly at the place of work clause; and
  • explain any proposed variations to employees and ask them to confirm in writing that they agree to them.

To ensure the successful implementation this new way of working, it is also important to make the ground rules clear to the workforce from the outset, which could be done through a hybrid working policy.

Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor

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