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Hybrid vs office worker: Who will score the promotion

Are you more likely to win the promotion if you’re in the office all the time? The answer might surprise you.

A composite image of office workers on the steps of a building in the CBD and a woman using her laptop from home.
Are office workers more likely to get a promotion over those who work from home? (Source: AAP/Getty) (AAP)

Many Aussies agree the one good thing that stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic was the adoption of hybrid work.

With unprecedented flexibility and a focus on well-being, employees have created their own, unique experience of work, aligning with their personal needs and levels of productivity, outside of the traditional 9-5.

But when it comes time for that big promotion, is it more beneficial to be in the office all the time?

Co-Founder of workplace consultancy firm Future X Collective Angela Ferguson said being in the office may not give the edge some might think.

“With the rise of hybrid work arrangements, many are questioning whether this new way of working will give workers an advantage over traditional office workers,” Ferguson said.

“From excellent communication skills to self-motivation and time management, hybrid workers have what it takes to stand out in a crowded workforce.”

Different types of workers

Future X Collective identified five key employee archetypes that have emerged from hybrid working, along with the individual benefits and challenges of each style.

1. The Digital Nomad

The first new employee archetype is the remote worker. This includes employees who work primarily from home or another remote location but may occasionally come into the office.

Remote workers reap many benefits, including increased flexibility, reduced commuting time, and the ability to work from anywhere.

However, they also face unique challenges, such as feeling isolated from their colleagues and a lack of face-to-face interaction.

2. The Office Chameleon

The second new employee archetype is the hybrid worker, which includes employees who split their time between working in the office and working from home or another remote location.

Hybrid workers get the best of both worlds, as they enjoy the benefits of remote work while also being able to collaborate with colleagues in person.

Yet, they also face challenges, such as managing their work-life balance and finding a comfortable and productive work environment, with good wi-fi, appropriate ergonomics and the right management systems to be able to curate their experience of work.

3. The Wanderlust Worker

The third new employee archetype identified by Future X Collective is the deskless worker, which includes employees who don’t have a traditional office desk but may work in a variety of different spaces, including remote locations, co-working spaces, or other shared spaces.

Deskless workers offer companies increased flexibility because they can work from a variety of locations, but they also face similar challenges to The Hybrid Worker - finding a space where they can remain focused.

4. The Taskmaster

The fourth new employee archetype is the on-demand worker, which includes employees who work on a project-by-project basis, rather than having a traditional full-time job.

As work becomes more flexible, the appeal of the on-demand worker is attractive. They may work from a variety of locations, including remote and in-person.

5. The Insight Instigator

The fifth and final employee archetype identified by Future X Collective is the knowledge worker, which includes employees who work primarily with knowledge and information, such as software developers, data scientists and researchers.

Knowledge workers offer companies increased expertise and creativity. The knowledge worker faces similar issues around productive technology use and work-life balance as the on-demand worker.

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