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Hybrid Work is Here to Stay. Power The Future With No-Code.

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The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we work. Learn how no-code is driving hybrid work to change the future of business.

When the coronavirus pandemic first began, many companies transitioned to remote work or hybrid work as a temporary solution borne out of necessity. Employees would work from home for a week, two weeks at the most. Then two weeks became two months and two months, in short order, became two years. 

Now, 71% of employees in the United States work from home full-time or part-time, and leaders must re-examine the tools they use to support a distributed workforce. With the power of no-code, you can reap the benefits of a hybrid work environment and make it a sustainable solution for your business while avoiding common tech challenges. Here’s how.

Now, 71% of employees in the United States work from home full-time or part-time, and leaders must re-examine the tools they use to support a distributed workforce. 

Benefits of hybrid work

A hybrid work model is a flexible working arrangement that allows employees to work both onsite and offsite as they see fit. Sometimes employees can spend three days in the office and two days out of it. Other times, employees spend the beginning of their shift at home before finishing the day at their cubicle. Another hybrid setup might involve employees working one week in the office, and the next week at a coffee shop. It all depends on what helps employees achieve optimal productivity levels. 

You might think that transitioning to a hybrid work model is simply a stopover on the way to going completely remote, but that’s not the case at all! Full-time remote work might not be the right fit for everyone, and a hybrid approach offers the best of both worlds. 

In fact, 47% of employees would seek out a new job if their current employer failed to offer a flexible working model.

According to a recent Harvard Business School survey, 81% of professionals today prefer to not return to in-office work, and would rather have a hybrid model going forward. In fact, 47% of employees would seek out a new job if their current employer failed to offer a flexible working model. The benefits of a hybrid work model include:

  • Increased productivity: With a hybrid work model, employees don’t have to adjust how they work best to fit office norms. If you’re generally more productive at home but collaborating with your colleagues in the office helps you push through on special projects, for instance, you can adjust where you work to get more done in a day.

  • Better work-life balance: Some remote workers feel isolated while working from home full-time, and it’s not uncommon for work hours to bleed into personal hours when your office is also your living room. A hybrid model gives you the flexibility to create the working arrangement that works for you and accommodates your personal well-being

  • Cost savings for employers and employees alike: Office space remains expensive, even in a post-pandemic era. Employers can save on overhead costs like office space under a hybrid model, and a Global Workforce Analytics report found that, overall, companies could save $11,000 per employee by going hybrid. Employees can cut their commuting costs in half by traveling to the office only two or three days a week and save even more on lunches, childcare, and other office-related expenses.

Common tech challenges

Even still, the transition to hybrid work hasn’t been a boon for everyone, particularly tech teams. In fact, according to a JumpCloud survey, 53% of respondents reported the ongoing management of remote and hybrid workers to be one of their biggest challenges. 

On a typical day, tech teams have to keep vital systems online, troubleshoot technical issues, and train employees on new technologies. Now, the advent of remote and hybrid work models has kept tech teams also managing permissions, keeping track of hardware, and much more. The sheer breadth of tasks becomes much more challenging in a distributed working environment. Unsurprisingly, tech teams can burn out when they’re the only ones responsible for supporting the functions necessary to accommodate hybrid work. 

There’s also the issue of security. Cybercrime has skyrocketed 600% since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 and 61% of malware attacks lodged at businesses last year targeted remote and hybrid workers through their cloud applications. Tech teams have less control over how employees access an enterprise’s system under a hybrid working environment, so the increase in cybersecurity attacks makes sense. Every time a hybrid worker connects and reconnects their personal laptop to the company’s network, an employee can put the entire organization at risk. Now more than ever, enterprises face challenges when tracking malicious activity, patching vulnerabilities, and ensuring employees remain updated on cybersecurity best practices.

While these concerns shouldn’t be discounted, it’s clear that the hybrid work model represents a big part of the future of work. Today’s enterprises must support hybrid work to boost productivity, increase employee satisfaction, and keep up with the pace of business. No-code can help!  

Make hybrid work with no-code

With Unqork’s no-code platform, you can take advantage of the hybrid model’s flexibility without putting undue strain on your tech team. Our platform empowers even non-tech business users to create the enterprise applications they need using intuitive visual interfaces, drag-and-drop components, and templated flows. This helps free experienced engineers from the burden of administrative tasks, allowing them to focus on building creative workflows to complex solutions. 

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No-code can also make hybrid work more secure. Many global organizations cite a lack of in-house resources to combat known and unknown security threats. By choosing Unqork, you no longer have to secure your web applications alone. Every business application you build with Unqork is backed by our enterprise-grade security features. Unqork runs a range of in-house and client-driven testing, routinely carries out network and application penetration testing, and performs manual application reviews. Regular security scans assess the viability of cloud infrastructures, underlying platform code, and the network itself. All data is protected via AES-256 bit encryption at rest and TLS 1.2 HTTPS encryption in transit.

The best part is that the Unqork team takes care of all of the backend work for you thanks to our shared security model. We’re responsible for securing the platform you build on and our cloud service providers secure the cloud to ensure high availability, which means all your tech team has to do is create security controls where required. Spreading out this responsibility gives your tech teams more time and energy to support critical hybrid work functions. No matter where your hybrid team members log in from, with Unqork’s no-code platform, your sensitive data and applications will always stay protected.

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