Career service also shares top 5 questions to consider in a hybrid job interview
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Growth In Hybrid Job Postings
With 33% of employees agreeing they want a hybrid arrangement post-pandemic, companies are quickly adopting permanent hybrid workplaces, and as a result, offering more flexible, hybrid and remote-friendly roles.
Career service FlexJobs reported a 30% growth in hybrid job postings in eight careers by analyzing more than 50 career categories in their database. Listed from highest to lowest growth, Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Computer & IT, HR & Recruiting, Client Services, Medical & Health, Project Management and Sales all saw at least 30% more hybrid positions posted in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter.
FlexJobs’ Founder and CEO Sara Sutton says she hopes to continue seeing the smart adoption of the hybrid workplace by companies across all industries. “The pandemic has taught both companies and workers that being physically at the office full-time is simply not necessary to produce great results,” Sutton adds.
If you’re a job seeker on the hunt for hybrid openings, FlexJobs says to consider the following job titles, which were among the most popular for hybrid job postings in the second quarter of 2021:
- Account Executive
- Project Manager
- Senior Accountant
- Customer Success Manager
- Administrative Assistant
- Account Manager
- Product Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Program Manager
It’s also important to remember that no two companies will approach hybrid work the same way. When carried out correctly, hybrid work’s blend of in-office and remote work can give employees both the flexible, remote work options they want and the in-person contact they desire.
But switching over to a long-term hybrid workplace takes thoughtful planning and careful execution. To help better evaluate if a hybrid position at a specific company is the right choice, FlexJobs suggests keeping these five questions in mind during your next hybrid job interview:
Is There A Hybrid Work Policy?
Because hybrid work is so new to many companies, hybrid policies may still be a work in progress. To help you determine how far along a hybrid work policy is, make sure you know some of the following before you accept the position:
- How many days a week can you work at home?
- When you come into the office, do you have to stay the whole day?
- When you work from home, can you work flexibly, or do you have to be online and available during certain hours?
Having concrete answers to these kinds of questions can help you evaluate how well a company is integrating hybrid work and help you avoid any disappointments due to miscommunication.
How Do They Communicate?
One of the most crucial factors to remote work success is communication. From letting your boss know what you accomplished to asking and getting your questions answered, the days you aren’t working in the office are the days you’ll need to overcommunicate.
How a company communicates with its staff can tell you how seriously the company supports hybrid work, so find out how the company communicates in general. A company that’s “all in” on hybrid work will likely gravitate toward virtual communication methods. However, a company that’s less enthusiastic about hybrid work is more likely to insist you come into the office for staff meetings or brainstorming sessions.
Who Walks The Walk?
Companies that embrace and support hybrid work allow and encourage everyone to work in a hybrid arrangement. If, for example, only early or mid-level employees work hybrid schedules, it’s possible that to move up the career ladder at the company, you’ll have to be in the office more than you want. Likewise, a CEO who works from a hybrid schedule is more likely to support employees no matter what kind of schedule they work.
What Are The Work Hours?
One of the advantages of full-time, remote work is the flexibility. Remote workers often have the ability to work the hours they are most productive or when it’s most convenient for them. That said, not all remote positions have this flexibility, and the same may be true of a hybrid position.
Just because a position is hybrid doesn’t mean it has flexible hours. Make sure you understand what’s expected of you on days you work outside of the office, and find out the specifics to help evaluate how much you’ll enjoy the role.
What Does Success Look Like?
Get the specifics on how your performance will be measured and evaluated or how the company defines success for the position. If the company claims it’s a results-only workplace but can’t define what good, satisfactory, or even superior results for the position are, you may not be happy in that hybrid position.