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Hybrid working: starting in the workplace
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2.5 Before accepting a job

If you’ve made it through the interview process and been offered the job, congratulations! However, before accepting a job offer, it’s important to take a good look at the organisation and understand what exactly you are being asked to do. But perhaps most importantly, what is the hybrid working model like at the organisation?

You need to examine their employee value proposition (strategy) for hybrid working, and how organised they are in terms of days in/out of work (Sto, 2022). By understanding the schedule and their future plans, you’ll be able to see how this works for you. It’s also important because it demonstrates how much an organisation may care about their employees’ wellbeing. If they don’t have clear values and structure, you could end up being left with a working pattern that doesn’t suit you: for example, in a fully remote role or a fully in-person environment.

You should also look at the organisation’s culture, and see if it fits your personality. More than a third of employers struggle to maintain an appropriate company culture (Sto, 2022).

As Ploy and Zainab suggest in the video below, it is very important to make sure the culture aligns with your own beliefs and values. Is the working environment what you are looking for? Do the working hours suit you?

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You need to make sure the organisational culture is something you feel comfortable with, as it is hugely important, and cannot be underestimated when deciding whether or not to accept a job offer.