Yes, there exists a power differential among employees who work in-house and those who work remotely in a fast-evolving hybrid work culture. However, most of your employee base must be loving the new hybrid workforce model as it allows for more flexibility at work, and they can spare themselves more personal time off work.
A recent Gartner Survey says – employees working remotely are 2.4 times more engaged, 2.7 times more likely to stay, and 3.5 times more likely to report inclusion.
That says a lot for the appreciation of the hybrid work culture, but then, there exists a few loopholes.
The phenomena of ‘hybridity’ is rapidly changing the organizational and work culture. But, to your absolute surprise, in the booming culture of ‘hybridity’, there is a power imbalance that is getting developed between the ‘in-house’ and ‘remote-working’ employees.
The reason – access to the sources of influence & power.
In-House Employees Do Have an Edge
While in-house employees in a hybrid work culture are better placed at accessing the resources (technology & infrastructure), remote workers find it challenging sometimes to access the same. May be, the internet doesn’t work that smooth at home, or the related bandwidth is really low.
Let’s accept it. Individuals working from the office have faster access to information. Besides, being in the office provides you with the much valuable emotional & social support that you receive from your peers while dealing with tasks.
On the other hand, an employee under remote working environment, needs to do all work-related things by himself, thereby doing more work with minimal help.
Power Imbalances Basis the Hybridity Positioning
Demonstrating your true competence may become a bit too challenging working as a remote employee, since you have a weaker technological setup at home, and a restrained access to specific company resources.
Secondly, you receive a lower visibility compared to in-house workers. When you are less visible in the eyes of the management, you are not considered the first choice to be assigned really important and big assignments. Hence, you may miss the key opportunities for career growth.
Although the hybrid work culture is fast being adopted and appreciated worldwide, especially in the post-COVID era, where digitization has become every firm’s top priority, the businesses do need to find an effective resolve for the mentioned power imbalances.