During the pandemic, companies learned that a business could be done remotely without compromising the quality of the outcome.
Leaders who were receptive to change and provided flexibility to their employees during that uncertainty period came out as winners.
With the benefits of remote work becoming evident, the perception of employees has also been shaped accordingly. Moreover, according to a study done by Accenture, more than 80% of employees prefer a hybrid work model stepping forward.
This channels organizations to adopt a hybrid model to suit employee needs. However, transitioning from a physical to a hybrid model comes with its own set of challenges.
Therefore, to make this transition seamless, I have gathered some helpful tips for managers and people leaders to lead from the front.
1) Enable Employees to Choose Without Differentiating
When establishing a hybrid work model, ensure not to create division among employees who work from home and those who work from the office.
Provide each employee with equal opportunities and offer an inclusive employee experience, regardless of their location. Moreover, managers should work with their employees to set some common goals, which will, in turn, increase transparency and the ability to collaborate.
Further, to foster a good company culture in a hybrid model, employees should have the flexibility to choose their workplace as long as they are delivering up to the mark.
2) Cater to Your Employees’ Concerns
To transition stress-free and safely into a hybrid model, you need to identify the challenges and problems your employees are facing.
You can conduct employee surveys to collect data which will enable you to understand key concerns of employees like:
● Mental and physical wellbeing
● How to maintain work-life balance
● Collaboration difficulties
● Juggling between workspaces
When you have this information, you can better solve your employees’ hybrid work problems, consequently building trust and making the transition successful.
3) Be Patient & Do Not Go Cold Turkey
If you are shifting from a complete physical working environment into a hybrid one, be aware that this transition will not be a piece of cake.
It is highly likely that you might struggle to find out the most effective procedures and processes in a hybrid model at first. Moreover, understand that your employees will also be on this journey of discovery and may take time to adapt.
Therefore, you need to devise an efficient hybrid policy to cater to all the transitional issues. This will also help you set clear expectations, enhance employee productivity, and make it easier for your company to transition smoothly.
So are You All Set to Enter Into the New Normal?
Covid-19 gave rise to the remote work model and has played a significant role in its acceptability globally. We can observe that the impact is long-lasting, and remote work is gradually becoming a new normal.
Therefore, it’s imperative for companies to transition into this evolution of work and go along with the pack in order to thrive in the modern marketplace.
So keep the aforementioned tips in mind to make the transition from a physical to a hybrid model less painless, if not plain sailing.