What will your hybrid workplace look like?
A well-designed hybrid model will take advantage of both remote and in-person work. Your organization may have been forced into full remote work during the pandemic. Now some have headed back to the office, while others continue to work at home. If this is the case, then your team is already rocking the hybrid workplace.
While hybrid models have certainly been on the rise through the pandemic, they're actually not new. Many SMBs have allowed their workers to work from home for years. Hybrid work increases a team's flexibility and freedom. Employees with responsibilities at home or parents with school-age children can capitalize on the flexibility of a hybrid workplace.
What does a company need to consider before designing a hybrid model?
Companies are finding that special attention needs to be given to culture as they move to a hybrid environment. Workers have consistently reported a loss of culture when their work is exclusively remote. It is important to recognize this while designing your hybrid environment. Managers need to look for signs that the company’s culture might be deteriorating as they meet with their teams.
Careful attention needs to be given to assure that workers in the organization are set up with the necessary tools, support, and security to allow for producitve hybrid workforce? Secure access to data and the ability to seamlessly collaborate with other team members is critical.
How should I structure my hybrid workplace?
First, don’t assume you know what your team wants as it relates to remote work. Asking a few probing questions regarding their desires and needs will help you build the best hybrid work environment. It will also save you a lot of time and allow you to design a system that works for all.
It's easy for owners or upper management to see things from their perspective, but the best way to make sure you're designing a system that will work for your employees is to get their direct feedback.
Other things to consider
A few other things to consider regarding your hybrid workforce:
- How will employees sign up to use and ultimately share limited in-person workspaces?
- How will communications flow between in-person and remote workers?
- What safety compliance measures (think: reporting close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID) will be required?
Once you have your plan, it's all about communicating it as clearly as possible and sufficiently answering all questions and concerns that your employees might have.
Also, consider rolling your plan out on a trial basis for, say, three months with a commitment to revisit the plan and tweak it when necessary.
Good Luck getting back to your office!
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The Hybrid Workplace: What it is and how to structure yours