Over the past two years, a hybrid model of work has become the norm.

Having choice has become important for employees who now want a mix of office and home life. In simple terms, they want balance.

Hybrid work is a flexible approach that allows employees to split their time between working in an office and working from their own home.

It can vary in its flexibility. Some workers desire a hybrid at-will approach which would see them choosing the specific day they want to come into the office.

Others prefer a split week.

Some managers will choose to make these decisions on behalf of their employees and some businesses will want it to be collaboration of choice between management and the wider workforce.

While it is an ideal scenario for workers, it can be daunting for business owners who prefer to have their employees in the same place at the one time.

However, there are many positives to introducing a hybrid model, especially if you oversee a small team.

And employees are now being vocal about what they want.

A survey conducted with Wakefield Research shows that almost half of employees (47%) would likely look for another job if their employer doesn’t offer a flexible working model.

Meanwhile, a survey carried out by Envoy in January of this year found the majority of employees say flexibility would make them feel more empowered.

According to Slack, this is a key reason why employees are attracted to the hybrid work model.

Introducing a hybrid model of work means you can attract skilled workers from different areas around the country and not just your immediate vicinity. This will give your business extra edge, talent and expertise.

In addition to this positive, one of the biggest selling points for a hybrid model of work Is saving on real estate expenses.

So how would this work with a small team?

Serviced offices

Serviced offices are spaces usually found in a business centre such as Acorn Business Centre.

By paying a monthly fee, the management of the premises is carried out by the centre on behalf of tenants.

Businesses receive a range of services including a furnished office, broadband, free parking, a business address, meeting rooms and a reception service.

For a small business team looking to implement a hybrid model, using one is a masterstroke in strategy.

It is essentially flexible business space. For instance, Acorn Business Centre offers month by month contracts. This means if you aren’t ready to fully commit, you can test the waters for a month.

And on the other hand, if you want to implement hybrid working long-term, this type of contract ensures you will always have a base for your business.

A smaller working space also means it is easier to manage the hybrid model.

When the full team is needed, a meeting room can be utilised and as team members come and go, there are no worries about moving furniture as the spaces come fully equipped.

Finally, the absence of hidden overhead costs and the freedom and flexibility of the licence agreements, mean it’s never been easier for small teams to become hybrid.

Business owners or managers avoid the stress and administrative costs when dealing with multiple service providers.  Acorn will manage that for you.

No additional costs like rates, electricity, cleaning or waste disposal.  These are all included in the monthly fee, freeing up managers and staff to spend their time and focus on your business.

So take the leap and make flexible working your business.

For more information about serviced offices contact us today at Acorn Business Services by calling (021) 4536199 or email us at info@acornbusinesscentre.ie