Although research has proven that employees can be more productive when working from home, that doesn’t mean that the office should be totally abandoned.
In fact, the office will remain a necessary part of a company’s operations, especially in terms of collaboration and innovation.
So how can businesses balance the best of both worlds and fully optimize a hybrid work model?
Building a permanent infrastructure that supports both in-office and remote working capabilities will be essential.
This means investing into enterprise solutions such as collaboration and project-management software. Enrolling your company in Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace that combines content, email, work calendars and video calls in one place can create a healthy asynchronized workplace.
Utilizing the cloud for company files will also be crucial as employees will be working from different locations at various times. If work isn’t being saved in one place, this can make processes complicated and hurt productivity.
The physical workplace will also need to be reconfigured moving forward. This will require understanding what employees want and need from the office, whether its private office space, video-conferencing capabilities in meeting rooms and more.
One of the biggest priorities that will be vital in a hybrid work model will be communication. This can be done in the form of weekly or monthly meetings to keep everyone on the same page when it comes to projects and bring teams closer together.