The 5 Mistakes Businesses Need to Avoid When Hybrid Working
In a world recently rocked by the Covid pandemic, a hybrid work model is where human resources shuffle between on-site work and working from home or anywhere else for that matter, as long as productivity remains unaffected.
A hybrid work model provides flexibility for your workforce, diversifying the business and making your employees more productive. If your business wants to reap the benefits of a hybrid work model, it needs to be aware of potential mistakes you need to avoid when building one.
In our blog, we’ll go over some common errors that can easily be avoided when your company takes on a hybrid work model.
The Rise and Rise Of Hybrid Working
For a long time now, business has toyed with the idea of remote working but little efforts to adopt the new working strategy have been undertaken. Then Covid 19 happened and along came lockdown, social distancing etc, and an enormous boom in remote work.
Most people will readily admit that they prefer a hybrid work model where they can combine the best of remote and in-person working, which promotes a healthy and flexible work environment.
With this in mind, business leaders focused on growth and shifting beyond on-site working and provisioning the workforce with the necessary resources tailored to suit their working needs. A large number of top-ranking companies are already implementing a "work from anywhere" approach.
Hybrid – What makes it Tick?
Hybrid happily joins together the best of both working options. Research found that those who were working partly at home and partly at the office when the pandemic first hit recorded better mental health and improved work relationships.
Whilst the adoption of this new model should be a priority for most businesses, on-site working also needs to be re-addressed. This being for the sake of the workers who continue to work in the same environment, no matter their preference. While HR policies have often focused on on-site work, a new generation of digital workforce is emerging.
Businesses need to develop new strategies, resources and policies that accommodate all three models. So, what mistakes do employers needs to avoid when adopting the working from everywhere kind of approach?
The 5 Mistakes Businesses Need to Avoid When Hybrid Working
1. Avoid Bias and Lead by Example
As businesses embrace both remote and in-office working, they should lead by example by not encouraging or condoning bias. There is the chance that some employers might favour those working in the traditional office setting.
Both in-house and remote staff should be accorded the same opportunities and resources to ensure productivity is not compromised. As a leader, you should set a good example by not condoning bias. A company that is adopting a hybrid workforce model should do so from the top executive level down to the interns.
2. Creation of An Environment of Distrust and Discord
All staff from the highest executives to the apprentices and janitors have dedicated endless hours of their lives to push your business forward, whilst also creating a balance between family, education, personal growth, health, and justice, in their individual lives.
They will have worked hard enough to earn considerable trust and credibility. They therefore deserve a little autonomy and some flexibility moving forward. When moving back to a physical workspace, you should not call it a 'return-to-work' to imply that your workforce can only be productive when at the company premises.
3.Only Allowing Workspace Location as Flexible
To balance family and career is no easy feat, regardless of an employee's workspace. The situation has been complex and frustrating to say the least and we suspect that it's not going to change anytime soon. Employees will still need to be caregivers to their ill family members, including the elderly, the chronically sick and children. They will need to keep doctor's appointments and still deliver quality work; these everyday responsibilities will always be a challenge. Just because people are working from home doesn't mean the situation is any easier to navigate. If anything, most employees reported that simultaneously being a teammate and a caregiver is something of a disaster.
As an employer, you can help to eradicate the problem by not imposing the usual 9-to-5 work schedule and by allowing your employees to work more flexibly. Designate specific times for synchronous collaboration, which includes meetings and consultations, etc. Otherwise, let employees create their own work schedules for the remainder of the day.
4. Never Assume that One Size Fits All
Different people prefer different workspaces, these preferences stem from several other factors. For example, one person could find working from home too distracting; another may it lonely and unmotivating. One person's kitchen table doesn't always make an ideal workstation and they could miss their office desk. There could be another staff member with a chronic health condition who finds working from their couch more comforting. Or another, sick of the daily commute and would prefer to stay at home.
You could make the mistake of assuming that everyone wants to be at the office or home for the same reason. Ideally you should have open discussions with your staff and try to determine which suits best. These discussions can provide you with new ideas on how to support one another as a team.
5. Only Request Face to Face Meetings When Necessary
There is nothing as inconvenient as impromptu or unnecessary travelling. Not all of use want to take a 2 drive for a brief meeting in another part of the country. This not only eats into your employee travel allowances, but it also affects staff productivity.
As so many things have now moved to the cloud, staff and clients’ meetings can be easily done remotely. Clients are coming to offices less frequently, a quick, in-person meeting a restaurant or coffee shop near the client's home may be more suitable.
At Alltek Solutions we’d like to help your business transition to a hybrid workplace by providing all the IT support you need in the process and beyond. We can give your business help in transitioning into this new normal. Contact us today to learn more. Freephone 0808 1557908.