Over the last couple of years, the world has changed dramatically and notoriously, due to the Coronavirus, aka Covid-19 pandemic. Its impact was so devastating and life-altering that it nearly forced a new world of order where many things changed, especially in how people used to work.
Today, the world has adapted to what we refer to as the new way of work. In the new way of work, people first started to work from home during the peak pandemic to ensure the businesses kept running. However, by the time the world started walking again on streets and roads, it inevitably had developed a huge likeliness of remote work, better known as the work from the home module. Due to much satisfying lifestyle and work opportunities, people can practice instituting better work-life integration.
With the rise in demand for work from home, businesses and organizations have had to readjust big time to ensure productivity and brand do not take any hit. And the whole situation finally gave birth to the hybrid work format. In hybrid work, employees gained the luxury to distribute their official working hours between the work from home and the traditional method, i.e., working from the office.
Ever since the organization integrated the hybrid work, they have seen a significant increase in engagement from the existing employees and people applying to work with them. And while it is a piece of great news for all parties involved, organizations and businesses have a critical issue to contain - ensuring hybrid work is productive work, just like working from the office.
So, if you are running a business or are the CEO of a company and facing such challenges, then you have done yourself a great favor by following this article. Here you can learn about the four principles to ensure hybrid work is productive work.
Following are the four principles to ensure hybrid work adds effective productivity to your business.
One can never write enough about the importance of communication in any business. There have been many examples where effective communication has become a game-changer. Some employees who live outside your area or work different hours may have less access to you, even in a hybrid environment.
It is no longer possible for many to walk into the office to ask a question or have any face-to-face interaction. As a result, your company can suffer from communication gaps. Therefore, as the CEO or the organization's owner, you must immediately find a workaround to ensure there is no room left for any communication gap. Here are a few tips to minimize the communication gap.
Depending on the urgency or requirement of the situation, weekly or monthly meetings are critical to practicing effective communication. You can conduct group meetings or even schedule one-on-one meetings to efficiently iron out any possible aspects that may have been affecting your employee or the business.
Video calls are great to gauge the exact situation your employee could be in and then workaround a solution. Also, video call helps immensely develop a strong and trustworthy professional bond.
As much as weekly meetings and video calls can help effective communication, there's no alternative to in-person meetings. Bonding over a cup of coffee can immensely boost the mental state of your employees, who, in return, can bring huge dividends to your business.
Many executives are still trying to cope with the hybrid work environment due to the belief that employees outside the workplace are much less productive. Hence, it's certainly not unreasonable for employers to track productivity, and in many cases, training and processes need to be improved for everyone. Many tools are now available to track the productivity of a remote or hybrid workforce. The key is to track productivity with respect and transparency. Every employee needs to know what is expected of them and how they perform against those expectations to help them grow as professionals and succeed as an organization.
It's critical more than ever for companies to put money into mental health assets for their employees' mental well-being. Managers and team leaders especially need to check on employees with a greater regularity in a hybrid work environment to foster connections and offer the exact support they may need to achieve success.
Furthermore, For some employees, the workplace becomes a welcoming space where they can start to interact socially. Many workers have moved for work, and sometimes their first opportunity to make friends is at the office. So, when they have to work in the environment, they may suffer from mental health problems. Hence, organizations must keep track of their employees' mental well-being besides tracking their work productivity.
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