Suffice to say that the past twelve months have radically changed our working world, with many businesses successfully making the switch from working in a physical location to working from home. The full easing of all Covid restrictions has been, perhaps optimistically, set for 21st June, but after the past year delivering unexpected event after unexpected event, will we really all be ready to undertake a crowded commute and recommence the daily 9-5? While some people are fully committed to getting back to office life and others are appreciating working fully from home, the reality is that the majority of people fall somewhere in between. So with this in mind, and with the vaccination programme ongoing, will hybrid working be the way forward? Here are our top tips for making it work.
Consult your Team
A consultation with your staff members on how they would like their working model to move forward will provide you with an excellent starting point for your model. Use this consultation to find out how they feel about returning to the workplace on a full time or hybrid working model. What would they find useful to be physically in the office for? At the same time, review your internal processes and replace KPIs such as productivity and availability with achievement focused goals, without looking at the nitty gritty of ‘how’.
Continue to build connections
Making sure that people feel connected to their team members is crucial for a fully functioning and successful business and this is perhaps even more important with the hybrid model. Invest time and resources into making sure that relations between your staff are solid. Planning team events to include those who are remote working, or making sure to document in-person discussions for remote access will ensure that staff members less frequently in the office still feel involved.
Revisit your Intranet
The intranet has been in the workplace for many years now, and over the past twelve months has been the workhorse for many organisations. Yet while we may now routinely create and save documents to a remote server, what about those documents that are less frequently accessed? In an office environment, it was quick and easy enough to pop over to a filing cabinet to check, but in a remote working environment this was impossible. Consider digitising and externally storing these types of documents. We offer a seamless digitisation service to our clients, from contactless pickup to returning your digitised and indexed files in the media of your choice followed by a final step of either returning, storing or destroying these documents.
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