Remote vs Hybrid Work: Understanding the Differences

published on 02 December 2021
What does the future of work look like?
What does the future of work look like?

The post pandemic future of work looks very different from what it was in the past👩‍💻. Lockdowns and quarantines across the world for time periods varying anywhere from 12 months or more have changed the way employers and employees perceive the importance of a physical workspace. With scaled remote work, organisations have observed remarkable transformations in the way they function.

As companies firm up their office return plans, employees are expecting organisations to adopt hybrid work models.
As companies firm up their office return plans, employees are expecting organisations to adopt hybrid work models.

Several FAANG companies continued hiring candidates even during the pandemic for several remote jobs as well as otherwise, and have started embracing hybrid work models as employees begin returning to offices.

But what is the difference between remote and hybrid work? 🤔 Which one’s better? What do these new models mean for employees? We’ll talk about it in this blog! 🚀

This blog covers:

  • What is a Remote Work Model?
  • What is a Hybrid Work Model?
  • Remote vs Hybrid Work Models: What do they mean for employees?
  • How are FAANG and other big tech companies approaching hybrid work?
  • How to find remote/hybrid work opportunities?

What is a Remote Work Model?

Is the work-from-home model here to stay?
Is the work-from-home model here to stay?

The simplest way to explain a remote work model is the way most people worked during the pandemic. Remote work does not require employees to be physically present at the offices, instead they can choose to work from home, co-working spaces or any place of their choice. The work-from-home model focuses more on the results and less on the amount of work. The pandemic led to a significant increase in remote jobs, making access to various opportunities easier for job seekers. From the employers’ point of view, 83% employers said that the shift to remote work was successful for their company🎖. We’ll discuss more about the upsides and downsides of the remote work model later in this blog.

What is a Hybrid Work Model?

The hybrid work model can help improve employee experience through flexibility.
The hybrid work model can help improve employee experience through flexibility.

All FAANG and big tech companies have started embracing hybrid work as a norm. Organizations are trying to figure out how they can integrate the best parts of remote work with co-located work to establish the hybrid remote work model. Hybrid workplaces typically mean the employees will switch between on-site and remote work on different days of the week. There are several ways the hybrid work model can be implemented - either a remote-first hybrid model where employees will majorly work from home; an occasional office setup where employees will switch between on-site and remote work on different weekdays; and an office-first approach where employees will be expected to work from the office workspace with an option to work from home for some days. However, no one size fits all and the implementation of this model can change drastically between companies.

Further in this blog, we’ll also look at the way various FAANG+ companies plan to implement the hybrid work model.

Remote Vs Hybrid Work Models: What do they mean for Employees?❓ 

Several organizations successfully managed to operate through the remote work culture during the pandemic. After deferring the office return plans several times, all the companies are gradually making their way towards it. And as most of them promise ‘hybrid’ work models, in the absence of clarity, it is difficult to know what they exactly mean.

Narrowing down to a hybrid remote work model that works best will definitely be a challenge for many organisations, with several major and subtler questions to figure out answers to

Let us take a look at this brief comparison of remote and hybrid work models.

What is the difference between the two? And what do these differences mean for the employees?
What is the difference between the two? And what do these differences mean for the employees?

Remote Work

Remote work has opened several doors for job seekers. Access to international remote jobs and work from home companies has become easier than ever. Several part time remote jobs also took over the job market during the pandemic making it easier to find opportunities that suit the skillset of the job seeker best. Additionally, the remote work setup offered promising careers to people who had limitations with respect to mobility and location.

On the other hand, while several employees found the remote work culture relaxing and highly productive as it offered opportunities to balance home and work, many others found themselves dealing with burn outs over a period of time leading to reduced job satisfaction and poor work performance 😔. Remote work also often made it difficult for teams to communicate and collaborate with each other and may not be the best fit for some jobs roles.

Hybrid Work

Hybrid offices can help bind the ties between on-site and remote work. Having employees visiting the workplace some days of the week can improve their productivity, establish social cohesion 🤝 and enable them to collaborate easily with people as per the demand of their work. However, this largely depends on what kind of model the organisation has in place.

For employees visiting office premises three or four days a week, this hybrid work model can be a great fit. However, for those visiting the premises only once a week, the experience might be completely different. In such a case, the differentiation could lead to a feeling of isolation for employees working from home for the most part.

How are FAANG and other Big Tech Companies Approaching Hybrid Work?

Different FAANG companies are dealing with this change in mode of work differently. While Meta(earlier known as Facebook) and Netflix have several permanent work from home roles available, companies like Apple and Amazon look forward to having employees back to their offices.

Here are a few companies and their plans for hybrid remote work at their offices:

Microsoft

Recently, last month, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told Harvard Business Review in an interview that Microsoft’s hybrid work approach is more organic and aims to adapt to the new norms by empowering every manager and every individual to come up with arrangements that work best for their team in context to what they are trying to achieve.

He went on to share, “We are redesigning some of our campus spaces. We will still have our campus; except the way managers and teams will use our campus will change.” He also added that “I think a combination of space and this remote digital fabric that we have established through the pandemic will come together to give us the tools for flexibility.”

Apple

Apple was one of the first big tech giants that delayed the return to offices for employees until February 2022 from the earlier plans of starting in October 2021. In an email sent to its employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that employees will be expected to work from the office at least three days a week and may choose remote work for the rest of the two days.

Besides, Apple’s hybrid work model also aims to provide its employees more flexibility going forward, allowing employees to work from home for up to four weeks in a year after their manager’s approval.

Amazon

Like Apple, Amazon expected its employees to return to office in September 2021, however delayed it to January 2022.

CEO Andy Jassy shared a message last month to the employees stating, “For our corporate roles, instead of specifying that people work a baseline of three days a week in the office, we’re going to leave this decision up to individual teams. We expect that there will be teams that continue working mostly remotely, others that will work some combination remotely and in the office, and still others that will decide customers are best served having the team work mostly in the office.”

Google

Google’s hybrid work model is a ⅔-day model where employees work 3 days in office and 2 days from home. They first tested this model through a ‘flexible work week’ in December 2020 and feel confident that it will provide a good balance to employees between time at home and their colleagues.

How to find remote/hybrid work opportunities?

Now that you know all about hybrid and work, where do you find these opportunities?

And...what if we told you these best remote job opportunities are available at FAANG and other great companies? 👀

Here you go! 🎯

  • Meta is currently hiring for around 910 remote roles. You can find them here.
  • Twitter is another company offering remote-friendly job opportunities. Find out more here.
  • Coinbase is hiring for over 400+ remote positions across several teams. Apply here.  
  • Stripe has over 450 openings for remote roles. Click here to apply.
  • Gitlab is a fully remote company from day 1. With over 1400 of its team members working across the globe, it prioritises flexibility for employees. Gitlab is currently hiring for several remote roles. You can check them out here.

LinkedIn is a great platform to find more remote and hybrid work opportunities. You can find them by adding a filter for the mode of work you prefer.

Here’s how it looks:

On entering the name of the company and location you’re looking for, you’ll see the filters at the top that allow you to choose between on-site, remote and hybrid opportunities.
On entering the name of the company and location you’re looking for, you’ll see the filters at the top that allow you to choose between on-site, remote and hybrid opportunities.

Related: How To Use LinkedIn to Find a Job?

While the tech companies are bellwethers of this change, several other giants have also started hiring candidates for remote positions. Employers are re-imagining the post pandemic work culture and these can be great opportunities for you to land your dream job at one of the FAANG+ companies. 🚀

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Here is a short infographic to quickly understand the difference between remote and hybrid work.<br>
Here is a short infographic to quickly understand the difference between remote and hybrid work.

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