Remote working and hybrid working have become increasingly popular over the last few years, with more and more employees having the option to work from home at least one day a week. This comes with multiple advantages for both the employee and the employer, making it a mutually beneficial arrangement. As well as helping businesses to furnish their premises, Merlin also supports remote workers by providing the very best office furniture and storage solutions that maximise productivity, efficiency and wellbeing. 

What is hybrid working? 

Hybrid working is a fancy way of saying that a company’s employees have the option to work flexibly in terms of location. Rather than a 100% remote working model, where staff always work from home and there may not even be a main office, hybrid working combines a work-from-home model with the more traditional approach. Alternatively, it could be that some employees always work in your commercial premises whilst others are based at home every day. Either way, it combines the two formats in a way that fulfils the ever-changing needs of both your business and its people. 

What are the benefits of a hybrid workplace? 

The flexible nature of hybrid working brings numerous perks to a business and its team members, such as: 
Increased productivity – staff can shape their environments to be more conducive to the delivery of exceptional work. 
Higher levels of wellbeing – all kinds of elements contribute to employee happiness, such as being closer to family members and pets, working in quieter surroundings, not having to commute, and the inherent trust demonstrated by a company that allows home working. 
Lower costs – aside from staff saving money on travel, your business will most likely enjoy reduced costs for everything from utilities and staff expenses to stationery and catering supplies. 
The ability to recruit more widely – with hybrid working, there’s no limit to who you can employ, which significantly widens your talent pool and makes your business more competitive. 

How to create the perfect home office 

As with commercial premises, a home office should be designed so that it’s comfortable, easy to navigate, and set up so that the employee has everything they need to carry out their daily tasks. Technology is an obvious element here, as the worker will require a computer, a good internet connection and perhaps a printer, but that’s not where the checklist ends. In order to carry out their work to full effect, they’ll need a high-quality desk, an ergonomic office chair, and storage solutions so that they can maintain a tidy workspace. 

How Merlin can help hybrid workers 

Our team of office furniture specialists regularly work with businesses to support their hybrid workers, so make sure to get in touch or refer us to an employee if you need expert advice and the fast, reliable supply of exceptional office furniture. 

Upgrade your home office 

We create positive workplace environments and home offices that ensure your staff are comfortable, happy and productive. To find out more about how we can support your business and help it to increase workflow, get in touch on 01482 301000 or use our contact form
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