Hybrid working: the new way of working for SME's

9 – 5 pm at the desk, Monday – Friday is now in the past. The pandemic has arguably kick-started the rise of the hybrid workplace where people will split their time between the office and home. As lockdown eases and we look to return to the office what is the future of the workplace?  

Will flexible working become the new norm? How will you balance the expectations, demands and needs of your team going forwards? How will you create a framework that is inclusive to everyone in the business, is fair and meets the business needs? 

We have an opportunity to embrace a new way of working and not go back to pre-pandemic ways of working. Re-invent our working spaces, rethink the purpose of the workplace and what it means. It’s an opportunity to introduce agile working and better use of workspaces.  

Laura Wiegratz from Gravitate HR discussed hybrid working with Jonathan Smale, Founder of ‘Work to Be’. Jonathan has been helping organisations to adopt more agile working practices for a number of years now and carried out a lot of research into the impact of Covid and lockdown on future ways of working.

They discussed:

  • What a Hybrid working model looks like?
  • How to sustain remote working using a hybrid  model over the coming months.
  • How do we hold onto the good things and embrace a new way of working? 
  • How do we capitalise on what we have learnt?
  • How to support your team and their mental health wellbeing in this new way of working.

Businesses will have to quickly adopt new initiatives and technologies in order to support their team whilst maintaining productivity. Working from home has become the normality for many of us and adapting to these new ways of working is essential for business continuity.


With guidance changing so frequently, we are doing our best to keep you up to date. The information provided in the recording above is our understanding at this point in time (28th April 2021), however, as more and different advice becomes available this position may change, and we will update accordingly. This is an evolving and unfolding situation, and we take the view that various measures may need to be applied for different sets of circumstances at an appropriate time. We as a team are available to discuss with you what measures are available to you.

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For more information about support for your business's human resources, call us on 0131 225 7458 (Edinburgh), 0141 459 7458 (Glasgow) or email info@gravitatehr.co.uk.

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