Last week, we showed you the perks of hybrid work and why your company can benefit from implementing it.
Maybe you already offer hybrid work models in your company? Does it work quite smoothly?
Maybe you think about implementing hybrid work but don't know where to start?
Let's remember Sabrina Schmitts explanation from the ICD study*:
The triad of technology, work culture and workplace design is crucial and one cannot work without the other. With regard to the use of technology, the improvement of work culture and the design of work-spaces, organisations across all sections have a lot of catching up to do to make a successful future of hybrid working happen.
This seems complex and challenging; but a few rather simple approaches can make a big difference and put your company on the right track. Let's have a look at them.
1. Investing in technology
Hybrid work means being able to work from anywhere. Of course this requires the right equipment such as laptops, second monitors to use at home, headsets, and power banks. This is expensive, especially if you need to equip your whole company at once.
Hybrid works models offer the option for smaller offices in less central places and can reduce retention. 38% of the surveyed companies in an IWG study** are reporting significant cost reductions after starting to offer hybrid work models. What you give is what you get, and in the long run such an investment can pay off.
2. Implementing hybrid work culture
Hybrid work means partly working from home, which obviously means your team doesn't see each other in person every day. While this may seem as if it complicates collaborative work it can allow for more focused work times to really get things done. Essential for a commonly aligned understanding is: a Hybrid Work policy, documenting the Do's and Dont's of hybrid work in your company.
Implementing hybrid work culture means also bringing your team culture online. There are a variety of tools available to support you with tackling this challenge. Lunch breaks or chats over coffee can also be done in video calls. Organizing collaborative work can be supported with tools like Slack, Asana or Miro.
When it comes to leadership, hybrid work is about trust, flexibility and organizational talent. It calls for engaged leaders which can stay on track with their employees work load, current tasks and future challenges even though not seeing them every day in person. It seems crucial, to still have face-to-face time with your employees. Ask for feedback, organize regular meetings to check in on everybody and stay on track with employee surveys or workload-overviews.
In order to support your team, empower your employees to be self-organizing and communicate openly when it comes to challenges or mistakes. Embed them in a trustful and productive company culture and prepare them with the right tools and information.
3. Creation of hybrid work spaces
When creating hybrid work spaces, it all comes down to the digitalization of your company. Paper-based processes will no longer work and need to be replaced by software solutions to support data security, remote access and content-sharing. Successful work space transformation also always keep usability in mind to make sure that there are no technical limits or challenges when working from home. Since hybrid work has gained a lot of popularity over the past years, many tools and services offer their help and have your back, such as Microsoft365, G-Suite or Dropbox Business - to name only the big players. There are without a doubt solutions which will work perfectly for your companies needs.
As you can see: Hybrid work got lot of connected factors which will need your attention when starting to implement a hybrid work culture successfully. But also there are many tools to support you to master any upcoming challenges regarding hybrid work. And with all the options and positive outcomes hybrid work will offer your company, it is definitely worth a try.
Do you want to know more about your options with hybrid work models, need support planning and implementing it and want to measure the impacts? Fell free to contact us for a non-binding meeting to discuss all your ideas and challenges regarding hybrid work.