The hybrid workplace is an employment buzz phrase as we come out of the pandemic, but will it last? Does this type of work environment hold true benefits for leadership teams and their employees?
A hybrid workplace blends a schedule of remote work days and in-office time. It’s a popular solution for employers prepared to face the fact that remote work is here to stay. But experts agree that unlike the initial pandemic panic, thoughtful planning is required to reimagine the way business gets done.
Managing the hybrid workplace requires two key pieces on the part of employers and employees alike: flexibility and trust. The pandemic crushed past productivity doubts. Work got done from home— and it can get done for many from anywhere.
Is Embracing the Hybrid Workplace Necessary?
According to a survey by Wakefield Research and ServiceNow, 87% of workers report that the new shift in remote work has been an improvement over past ways. Additionally, another survey by FlexJobs had the following results: 65% of workers prefer remote work full-time, 31% would like a hybrid model, and only 4% are in favor of being back in the office full-time.
Employers will benefit if they are able to strike the right balance. But what are some of the best practices for developing your “new normal” workplace? How can good planning address the biggest challenges? Here are a few considerations for a hybrid model.
Be Mindful of Employee Roles and Team Structure
Team members that spend a lot of time collaborating need more office time. Employees whose tasks require extreme solo focus may excel with more days spent at home.
Think about the location of team members. Employees who live close to the office will find it easier to meet more frequently in-person. But if everyone lives a distance away, virtual meetings could save time.
What does each employee’s schedule look like? Workers with similar weekly schedules and joint tasks may benefit from being in the office together. Those with unrelated responsibilities may perform better when on different schedules.
Build a Workplace with Trust and Communication
The hybrid workplace depends on trust in one another to keep work quality high and to perform with integrity. This takes truth and openness by all team members. Opportunities to connect and communicate regularly are vital to the hybrid model. Some employees may meet in-person while others can attend meetings virtually.
Effective communication requires clear timelines and assignments. The goal is to eliminate any possible misunderstanding. Remote team members won’t be left out of important conversations if everyone uses the same tools for communication. Building trust and open communication between employees encourages teamwork and sets the stage for company success.
Set Clear Expectations for All
Once an appropriate communication system is in place, establish the expectation of regular updates from all on progress toward goals. Use an automated updates tool or whatever works best for your team, and make it a requirement.
Although expectations should be clear, flexibility is also necessary. Adapt your hybrid workplace with necessary changes over time. Any new plans should keep all possibilities in mind.
Masiello Can Assist in Building Your Hybrid Workforce
While the hybrid workplace requires flexibility and trust, employers don’t need to go it alone. We know that hiring has been forced to shift, as well. How talent is located has changed due to the pandemic. Additionally, it impacted the pursuit and onboarding of candidates.
The expert team at Masiello will assist you through the development and hiring of your post-pandemic team. We can assist in building a strong and stable workforce to ensure the future success of your business.
We can connect you to the qualified candidates you need to move forward in this new normal! Contact Masiello Employment Services to learn more about our temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire placements.