American CEO says Hybrid work model may consider those who come to office as better employees.

In the entire Covid-19 pandemic, the buzz phrase in corporate America has been emphasized on the “Hybrid Work Model”. A new way of working involves coming into a physical office and remote work a few days within a week or month.

While the hybrid work model looks like an elegant solution, after the Covid-19, there may be a hidden downside for the employees.

At the time of the online real estate company’s fourth-quarter earnings call, Barton explained how Zillow managed the shift to remote work in the entire 2020 and what he is expecting for the near future. 

While on the other hand, Zillow has been successfully and adequately operating as a “cloud headquartered company.” The company plans to have some employees return to its offices, which can even present challenges.

“We should ensure a level playing field for all team members, regardless of their physical location,” Barton said. “There cannot be a two-class system – those in the room being first-class and those on the phone being second-class.”

The idea that the employees who choose to report to the office either sometimes or full time could be even viewed as highly dedicated and more engaged than those who choose to work with them remotely. Over time, the managers may even begin to consider the employees they can see working in person as highly productive than those they only see over a video chat.

Over time, employees who choose the hybrid model will feel a shift from the remote first to remote allowed. It can even create a world where remote employees are not penalized for working out of the office but are also not even proactively integrated into its fabric.

While this is a viewpoint from an American CEO, it will be interesting to see when Indian IT companies start hybrid model in another few months.