Why you Need to be Talking About Hybrid Working!
Why you Should be Talking About Hybrid Working!
As we come out of Lockdown 3.0, Hybrid Working is a term that seems to be gracing everyone’s lips! Pre-pandemic, organisations avoided flexible working and working from home, mostly because it was unknown whether their employees could be trusted with such flexibility and they just didn’t think it was impossible… but when the pandemic hit organisations had no choice but to give home working a go, and guess what? Most have now concluded that it has many benefits to both the business and the wellbeing of their employees.
With restrictions slowly lifting, organisations now need to make a choice about what their working environment will look like for the future… and this is where hybrid working comes about!
So what is ‘hybrid working’?
Whilst many employees want to work from home all the time after the pandemic, many would prefer a balance where they are in the office for a few days of the week and at home for the remainder - this is hybrid working.
What are some of the benefits of hybrid working?
1. Work-life Balance:
With any healthy working environment, comes a great work-life balance! Organisations that allows their employees to choose what that work-life balance should look like, sustain a healthier and more productive workforce, whilst saving money on office running costs. Hybrid working is a perfect fit for this module, as it achieves this balance offering employees with the option to work both from home and in-office.
2. Increased Productivity
We know that to get better productivity from your employees you need to consider greater flexibility. It goes without saying that remote working allows this greater flexibility as employees can literally work from anywhere … their home, the office or even at the local café and work around their home life.
3. A Global Workforce
Here at VTT we’ve benefitted from a local and global workforce; we have employees that work in India and all across the UK and a network of coaches across the globe such as Germany, Mexico and the USA. Hybrid working allows organisations to tap into a greater depth of talent, and attracts a skilled and diverse staff across the globe!
So now that you’re sold on the idea of hybrid working and the benefits it can bring to your organisation, you’ll need to consider how to implement it, as this will be key to it’s success.
Considerations when implementing Hybrid Working
1. You’ll need to implement a hybrid working policy!
Right, so you’ve made the decision about who can work remotely and for what proportion of time, so it goes without saying that you’ll need to write it in policy. This policy will differ from workplace to workplace and will depend on what you consider appropriate and suitable. Making sure that you have this clear within a policy will ensure less confusion for your staff and what your expectations are!
2. What worked well on 2020… and what didn’t?
To create a successful hybrid working environment, it’s a great starting point to think about what worked well in 2020 and the lessons you’ve learnt. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when implementing hybrid working, so it’s all about trial and error and finding what best suits your organisation and company culture!
3. How will we conduct meetings?
We know that virtual meetings are great! It’s simple to set up and employees can join from locations all across the globe… but what happens when we throw in the mix hybrid working. How do we help drive inclusivity and facilitate virtual and hybrid meetings? Thing you may need to consider:
- Planning and structuring your meetings to bring the best people together in a focused, engaging environment.
- Building in an interactive process that keep everyone involved and laying out the expectations for contributions
At VTT we help organisations to figure out the best ways to facilitate hybrid meetings through one of our 100-minute workshops ‘Facilitating virtual and hybrid meetings’.
I hope that this blog has given you some ideas to think about whether you’re considering if hybrid working is right for your organisation or at the point of implementing it as a solution.
We’ve worked with lot’s of companies pre COVID and beyond to shift into hybrid working successfully, and have gained lots of valuable experiences as a remote organisation ourselves.
If you’d like any more information about how we can help you in the shift to hybrid working, get in touch by heading to our contact us page or via Jemma.firstname.lastname@example.org!