The importance of a hybrid office is evident in the result of the survey carried out by McKinsey. The results showed that 9 out of 10 companies are considering establishing a hybrid office. This is best done with the assistance of an IT provider because setting up a digital workspace is not always as easy as it seems.
The pandemic forever changed the working environment. While many employers are eager to return their employees to the pre-pandemic work environment, most employees are not on board with that. 78% of surveyed workers that were mostly working remotely wanted to continue doing so.
For this hybrid office to work an environment that encourages working remotely and in-office must create a balance.
Forbes report that there have been numerous situations where employees do not keep to the company’s policies. For instance, there is a consensus that employees should return to the workplace. But, only 30%-50% obey the company’s directives. Others choose to do what pleases them or even move to different companies that allow remote work.
Hybrid offices encourage work flexibility, but there may also be complexities when companies are not mindful of the mistakes to avoid in creating a mixed work environment.
- Leadership Neglects the Transition
It is ridiculous to assume that employees will gladly accept a new working system when there is no participation from leadership. For the hybrid office to be successful, the management team must show interest.
Everyone working in the organization is an active participant in the hybrid environment and needs to do their part to make it work, especially those that are leaders in the organization. When business heads do not partake in hybrid office practices, employees become less interested in the system and eventually lose faith. This can lead to dysfunction.
- Poor communication
A hybrid office model was introduced during the pandemic when many people could not visit their respective offices. Many employees still have difficulties grasping what the hybrid office entails.
Moreover, many companies are not training their employees to educate them on how to ease tension and communicate well when using the remote/in-office model. Employees can feel disconnected and on an island by themselves when working from home. When not in the office, they may be left out of important conversations.
Business managers must develop ideal ways for employees to communicate with one another. Employees must be trained to use multiple communication channels such as team messaging apps, video and audio conferencing, and in-app collaboration.
- Overlooking Company’s Culture
Many companies attempt to adopt hybrid offices without recognizing the place of their organizational culture. Hybrid models work differently for various companies. This implies that how it works for one organization may not mean it will work the same for another.
Many companies lose grip on their mission statements in the quest to partake in the flexible structure the hybrid office provides. Failing to establish a common ground where aspects of the company will thrive prepares the company to struggle in its approach.
It’s important to customize your work environment – remote and in-office – to your company culture and a common mission.
- Remote vs In-office Inequality
When employees start feeling cheated because of the actions of the business leaders, this can result in a severe problem. It is not strange that business leaders tend to assume that in-office employees are more productive and active than remote employees.
This thought can influence the decisions of the business leaders in promoting or motivating employees. As soon as remote employees feel cheated or uncared for, they become disinterested and less engaged, which impacts their productivity and potential contributions to the company’s bottom line.
For the hybrid office model to work, employers must not be biased in giving incentives to employees. All employees must be treated accordingly and equally regardless of their work location. The hybrid office model will be unsuccessful if a positive experience is not reinforced for all employees.
- Neglecting Policies
When you move to a hybrid structure, this should entail new policies. You can’t assume that people will know things like how to check in or tell people they’re going to lunch.
Companies that neglect to put policies in place for things like working hours, communication, device security, cloud application use, and more often face issues with the hybrid working arrangement that could have been avoided.
Ensure everyone is on the same page with how a hybrid in-office/remote environment will work and where to go to ask questions.
Creating an Ideal Hybrid Office
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