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The New Normal of Remote Work: Hybrid Model and Emerging Roles

CAREERSThe New Normal of Remote Work: Hybrid Model and Emerging Roles

The concept of remote work has firmly entered the recruitment dictionary since the pandemic. Experts agree that this model of fulfilling work duties is here to stay, but it is undoubtedly undergoing a significant transformation. Even if across many organizations, purely remote work is transitioning into a hybrid model, remote solutions, including those offered by Deel, remain essential. This is particularly true as entirely new positions in remote work are emerging, requiring the adoption of appropriate tools.

Gradual Transformation

In 2023, more and more companies have begun to accept remote work only to a limited extent, leaning towards a hybrid model. This has been particularly significant among younger companies that are still building their organizational culture. They rely on employees’ physical presence in the office at least on selected days. However, this, in practice, means that for most of the week, employees still connect with their teams remotely, and therefore, they need tools that will enable them to work effectively and comfortably.

“I don’t think the decline of remote work is imminent; quite the opposite. The fact that some organizations are returning to their offices doesn’t mean they are transitioning to a stationary model. The remote model has proven so effective that in most companies, one or perhaps two days a week is enough to maintain team relationships and develop organizational culture. The remaining days, which are usually the majority, are still home office days, so previously used tools are still necessary and even require improvements. One such area is the increasing expansion of artificial intelligence. At Deel, we have focused on developing Deel IQ, which uses a solid internal database of global compliance regulations and employment information. This is just one example,” explains Liina Laas, Director of Expansion in Central and Eastern Europe at Deel.

Far From the Office

According to a study by PageGroup, currently, only 35% of employees in Poland work in full-time positions in offices. As reported in the 2024 Michael Page Salary Review, companies that have introduced remote work in their organizations will encounter difficulties in trying to regather employees at their headquarters next year. The authors of the study predict the consolidation and popularization of the hybrid model, e.g., three days in the office and two days remotely. Some employers are considering making exclusive remote work a benefit, giving them an additional advantage when hiring candidates. This is a clear trend that will strengthen in the coming months.

“Deel perfectly responds to this phenomenon. It’s a leading provider of global employment and payroll solutions, helping companies work with anyone, regardless of their country of residence. We enable efficient management of global teams through collaboration with 5000 partners. We are constantly expanding this network of affiliates, as others see us as a valuable partner. Our platform’s clients can use tools for team collaboration as well as cloud and server solutions. Today, Deel enables the employment of remote workers in more than 150 countries,” adds Liina Laas.

New Job Positions

With the management of home offices, especially on a global scale, new roles emerge in organizations. Implementing remote, hybrid, or dispersed work requires greater responsibility and increased vigilance from leaders. As a result, companies are looking for candidates for newly created positions focusing on remote or hybrid work experience. Roles such as the Work from Home Facilitator — whose task is to support employees working from home — and Head of Remote, a person who is a business-supporting partner working closely with management in implementing strategies, designing systems, and processes related to team management within the digital work model, are already appearing on the market.

While Polish jobseekers may currently search for such positions on foreign platforms like Get Hire/d — Deel’s recruitment hub, experts believe it will only be a matter of time before they start appearing on native employment-related sites. Given the fierce competition and changes in the job market, we can assume that in the future, Polish employers will also look for remote or hybrid work specialists or assign responsibilities to an employee who has the necessary skills and wants to develop in this area. Currently, companies in the technology sector, such as Facebook, are opting for such solutions.

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