Hybrid work culture is here to stay! The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the future of work, and we must keep ahead of the times or risk falling behind. The real question now is not if a hybrid workplace could succeed but, instead, how we can make it succeed. In this blog post, we discuss how you can ensure that employees working remotely have the same treatment and access to resources that in-office staff do.
Our ever-changing current situation is the perfect time for your company to redesign office spaces and reimagine work possibilities. Workspaces can be more flexible than you think. Allowing staff to work from home part of the time means you need less physical space. Consider reducing expensive office space instead of reworking a smaller area to be flexible (e.g., hot desks and a booking system that will control the amount of staff coming into the office and using the reduced space at once.)
The last year has been incredibly difficult for all of us. One of the most important aspects of any hybrid work culture is ensuring that you consult your employees and assess which options suit them best. You can do this by making their health a priority and confirming that they’re aware of this. Make sure to encourage employees returning to work to enroll in a fitness or health program and provide online training and counseling sessions to benefit remote employees. Don’t dismiss the importance of the social aspect of a job; encourage teams to hold regular check-in sessions where work isn’t discussed – these can be 10-minute ‘coffee chats’ with small groups, larger team-building sessions with a 30-minute quiz session, or 121 check-ins with management to ask about team members wellbeing.
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Though it may be easier to professionally support in-office workers because you can meet them face-to-face, you must ensure that you do not neglect remote workers. You can do this by bringing the employee experience to life digitally. For instance, using a single platform for collaboration (e.g., mobile intranet, messaging apps, or social channels) will help to enhance productivity and engagement. Enable your hybrid team to work together in real-time and encourage the use of online learning platforms. Consider also planning virtual onboarding experiences for new team members similar to a physical office orientation program so that they can get to know the office area and day-to-day company culture while working from home. Creating processes designed explicitly for hybrid work cultures will help your employees feel connected, even when working from different locations, making collaboration easier and your team more efficient. This can be as simple as taking learnings from previously existing remote work options and converting them into policies for a hybrid work model.
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