After the impact of Covid-19 and having to adapt working conditions to cater operating from home, a hybrid work environment seems to be the way of the future. Meaning that employers are offering a combination of in-office and work from home days as part of the standard working week. This level of workplace flexibility is extremely appealing to most and according to Seek research, 56% of job seekers want new employers to offer a hybrid work environment with a strong emphasis on working from home.
Why does this new style of flexibility matter?
A hybrid work environment typically refers to the ability to work from home and in a physical office. However, workplace flexibility can cover many things. Such as start and finish times, how many days per week, random days off (RDO), etc. But why does flexibility matter?
- It offers a work life balance for employees which many believe is more important than a pay rise
- Employers can save on overheads
- Attracts top talent who are more likely to stay for the long haul
- Employees are more engaged and productive which can boost business
- Builds a strong culture and brand for your business
Ideas on how to help your team work remotely
There is a lot of technology out there now that can help you stay connected to employers when working remotely. You can do this through task management apps such as Asana, chat apps such as Microsoft Teams or Slack, video calling or meetings through Zoom or other platforms, file sharing via the Cloud, screen recordings to show employees step by step instructions on how to complete certain tasks, phone conference sessions, and much more! If you want to offer a remote work environment there is something out there that can meet your needs while providing you ease of mind.
A clear structure is vital
Offering a hybrid work model sounds good on paper, but in practice can be complex if there is no clear structure. Without structure, you risk the whole idea collapsing and looking unprofessional. Here are some things you should consider:
- Staying connected – employees will need to feel connected to the organisation to maintain productivity and purpose. This is where assistive technology and regular engagement with your team is vital
- Feedback – creative an open environment for feedback, it’s worth asking employees how they feel they can maintain regular check-ins and communication, especially if what you have in place is not really working
- Clear operating systems – Keeping track of employees individually and as a team can feel like a task of its own. Having a defined system in place on how to do this for your work from home staff and in-office staff is vital. Have everyone on the same technology and not have it split up, this will make communication much easier.
Hybrid work environments are increasingly sought after by all talent. You risk being left behind if your workplace doesn’t offer some level of flexibility to your employees. Are you a small business looking to recruit top talent at an affordable price? Contact The Recruitment Alternative today on 1300 548 546 or via our contact us page. We will be able to work with you to achieve your recruitment needs.
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