How your business can be successful with hybrid working
For many businesses, it is estimated that more than 50% of the workforce in the UK will be remote.
The digital world is changing everything about the way organisations run. It is enabling new ways to work and providing an opportunity for businesses to have a flexible workforce that can operate across different time zones, even continents!
But how do you make this possible? How do you blend traditional ways of working with modern ways? And more importantly, how do you provide employees with the same level of support as those who are based in your office?
Here are some of the ways your business can be successful with hybrid working.
- What’s driving it all?
The first thing to understand is why people want to work remotely. If a hybrid model gives them more time to themselves or are able to take care of their mental health better then they’re more likely to be productive and deliver.
- Make it your business
You need to make sure you are providing ways for employees to build relationships and foster team spirit, even when they’re not based in the same office as each other.
It’s also good practice to ensure there are ways that teams can meet up periodically; whether this is through a weekly off-site company meeting, or by organising an annual event. This will help improve morale amongst all of your employees but especially those who work remotely.
- Support is key
You need to make sure the technology you provide your employees with enables them to be supported in ways that are appropriate for their role.
For example, if they’re an architect or construction worker, they may need access to detailed drawings and specifications when designing or building via remote working; whereas, if they’re an administrator who works in accounts, all they’ll need is access to Outlook or Office 365.
You also need to ensure they can communicate effectively with clients and colleagues wherever possible, so you’ll want ways of enabling asynchronous communication earlier on. This could include email, Skype or Microsoft Teams.
- Tracking work effectively
You need ways for your employees to record and measure their work. You’ll also want a system for your employees to manage their time efficiently so they can collaborate effectively with colleagues and clients.
This might include a way to schedule tasks, mark them as ‘in progress’ or ‘completed’, show what percentage of the task has been completed, attach files if necessary and share it all with relevant people.
- Security is paramount
A mobile workforce needs to be as secure as those who are based in an office environment. In order to do this you’ll need to invest in applications with data-resistant capabilities, ensuring that hacking isn’t something that will happen with ease (it’s not impossible!).
This includes monitoring emails sent outside of your organisation, uploading data to the cloud and utilising file encryption. This will help verify that your company reputation isn’t compromised by external communications or employees working outside of business hours.
Hybrid work is an innovative way of performing that requires you and your employees to adopt new skills, tools or mindset. This can be a hard transition for some, but implementing these best practices now will help your company to grow successfully into the future.
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