As the pandemic took the world by storm, many companies were forced to quickly transition to remote work and integrate into the digital workspace. As we begin to embrace our new “normal”, many businesses are finding that their employees are struggling to leave the newfound comfort of the work-from-home-life behind.
Research shows that 55% of employees would prefer to work from home at least 3 days a week and 21% feel that to maintain strong company culture, employees should still come into the office.
Even after so many changes in the past year, one thing is certain – the newly termed hybrid working is here to stay.
Now that millennials represent the largest generation in the workforce, many employees are seeking increased flexibility and a more prominent work-life balance. 42% of employees have said that they would rather take a salary cut to have more flexible working options.
Working from home gives employees the ability to handle personal and professional tasks in a way that meets their needs. In turn, this will translate into improved focus and attentiveness when they are working.
The benefits of Hybrid Working extend beyond those felt by employees – expanding further to have a deeper impact on the organisation and employers themselves.
For employers, there is a reduced need for office space which has the added advantage of reduced infrastructure and real estate costs.
With the benefits discussed above in mind, organisations must ensure they have the right technologies and tools in place to ensure their employees are just as productive working from home as in the office.
No matter where your employees are working from, its essential that they have the tools and software they need to be able to communicate and collaborate with both their peers and with clients.
While employees have the option of coming into the office, they are still going to need to be able to communicate so they can continue to work on projects outside of the office. Using tools such as Microsoft Teams can help boost collaboration and communication within a hybrid workforce.
To ensure tasks and projects continue to progress, it is essential that your employees have complete visibility of their tasks no matter where they are working from.
To make this easier, consider implementing project management tools such as Microsoft Teams Planner. This will promote seamless task continuation whether your employees are working from home or working out of the office.
An employee working from home should not be using their personal computer as this poses a significant security risk for your organisation. It is also likely that they won’t have access to all the tools they need to complete their job efficiently.
We are here to help you invest in hardware for each employee so that your IT team can have complete control over the technologies they use, and the cybersecurity measures they have in place.
It may take employees a while to get used to hybrid working and the many benefits that come with it. There may be employees that still prefer the more traditional ways of working and do not want to work from home at all. It’s important for companies to support their employees in any way possible to ensure a smooth transition.
A key consideration for managers when striving to make a success of hybrid working will be the ways in which they manage their remote working and workplace employees. It is vital to remember that home environments differ from person to person — some employees may require a higher level of support and communication than others. Checking in regularly with your remote employees and developing a culture of trust between managers and employees will help set your organisation up for future success.
While there are many organisations that are making the move to embrace and succeed at hybrid working, some are still opposed to this new style of working despite the loud voices of their employees.
A hybrid work model can help your team nurture a happy, efficient, and collaborative environment. Your employees will be able to implement a healthy work-life balance which will increase collaboration and productivity. If you are wanting to find out more about Hybrid Working and how Wizard IT can help, click here.
If you are wanting to make the move to hybrid working, contact Wizard IT. We will ensure a smooth transition across your organisation.