How to Build a Successful Hybrid Workplace

How to Build a Successful Hybrid Workplace

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.

What Employees Want in A Hybrid Work Environment

What Employees Want in A Hybrid Work Environment

Today, we face a completely different work culture than what we are usually used to due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these work culture shifts includes having the option at some places to work from home or in a hybrid environment. 46% of employees are likely to make a career transition to find an opportunity that supports remote work. To combat this, more employers are cultivating a hybrid work environment. Because of this trend, it is essential to understand how to successfully implement a hybrid workforce to keep your employees engaged and productive. Here are three things employees want in their hybrid work environment as we continue to navigate the evolution of work cultures. 

Having Trust

Regardless of your work environment or industry, there must be a significant amount of trust between your staff and management. However, having faith in your employees plays an even more substantial role in a hybrid work environment. Thus, leadership teams will have to embrace flexibility with their employees. Not everyone’s working situation will be identical; some of your staff will be working different hours or be coming and going from the office. As a result, it’s easy to micromanage your team to ensure everyone is getting their work done. Micromanagement is one of the biggest turnoffs for hybrid workers and can ultimately lead to burnout. Instead of breathing down the necks of your staff, managers can outline goals and expectations so everyone is on the same page.

Addressing Remote Work Challenges

When transitioning to a hybrid work environment, many employees fear missing out on things around the office. Work from home FOMO is challenging to overcome, but it’s essential to take the time to understand some of these challenges and develop strategies to resolve them. One of these challenges is your staff feeling isolated. Many employees will miss out on in-person interactions, contributing to your team not feeling engaged with their jobs. Employers can organize remote social interaction to help their employees feel engaged and connected when working hybrid schedules to combat this. These events can take various forms, such as virtual happy hour, team trivia, or friendly competitions.

Open Communication

To ensure your hybrid work environment is thriving for all parties, you must have open and honest communication. These conversations will stem down from your leadership team. 45% of remote workers feel disconnected from their employer because of a lack of communication. Your leadership team must have open communication with your staff (and do it often!). Your company can send out newsletters to keep your staff up to date on company changes, regular check-ins, and opportunities for your employees to provide feedback. Hybrid working environments are new to the majority of employers. Therefore, your company should be implementing changes regularly to make them more productive and healthier for your staff.

Need more help navigating this labor market?

Those are three ways your team can provide a more attractive hybrid working environment for your employees. At JSG, we understand that hybrid working is becoming a staple for employers across the world. If your team is looking for more ways to attract and retain your staff during this difficult time, take a look at our blog! We have tons of resources to help your team offer a better atmosphere for your employees in this competitive market.