After the initial shockwave generated by the pandemic, many companies are going hybrid – a mix of working from home and working from the office. This concept is new for many employers, and companies are scratching their heads on the best route to provide a healthy employee experience. Here are some tips to help build a successful hybrid workplace for your team and foster an attractive company culture.
Empower your employees (and listen!)
Every company’s hybrid workplace situation will look different depending on your team, location, industry, and many other factors. Some initiatives will work well, while others may crash and burn. Supporting a hybrid team will take some experimenting, and most importantly, communication. Communicate with your team often and empower them to provide feedback. What works for one team member may not work for another. It will take lots of discussions, tweaking, and testing to find a good balance for your hybrid workplace.
Review your company policies
As your company starts to shape your hybrid workplace, now is the time to review your company policies. Your pre-pandemic policies may not be suitable for your employees’ needs today, and it’s essential to review them and update them accordingly. A big policy update is likely your PTO structure. Many companies are using the pandemic to review their PTO policies and make them more appropriate for today’s needs. Other things to look at are safety protocols, mental health check-ins, and increased flexibility. These policy changes will keep your employees happy and help attract new job seekers during this competitive market.
Give team what they can’t get at home
When building your hybrid workplace, it’s important to understand that you must provide your employees what they cannot get at home. LinkedIn’s Brett Hautop, VP of Workplace, described this well when he said, “Many people don’t want to feel like they’re leaving the house just to go sit at another desk.” What is the point of bringing people into the office? What advantages can the office deliver to your employees that they can’t get in the comfort of their homes? For most, this is in-person collaboration. Some companies, like LinkedIn, are redesigning their workplaces to offer more collaborative environments – something most employees can’t get at home. As a result, they are removing desks and repurposing furniture to build spaces better suited for a hybrid environment.
This is just an example of what your team can do to foster collaboration while physically in the office. The whole point of a hybrid schedule should be giving your employees the best of both words and capitalizing on what they can do well at home and what is better suited for the office.