Look back at the 7 hybrid headaches – and their cures
Between the pandemic and employers’ desire to give their people the support they need, Hybrid is here to stay. And just like a building, your hybrid setup needs to meet certain requirements – so your people can build strong foundations, collaborate, socialise and be productive.
Our #masterhybridwork series has looked at all the big issues employers are now facing. And in this last chapter, we’re wrapping up by looking back at the big 7 hybrid headaches (you’ll find links to each chapter too).
1 | Collaboration, with problems arising from asynchronous communication, online fatigue and siloed teams, as well as difficulties sparking innovation and handling prototyping.
2 | A breakdown in your community, which can lead to a lack of trust, confusions around ethics and social norms, and the practical problem of reading colleagues’ emotions remotely.
3 | Inequality, where employees enjoy (or don’t enjoy) different hybrid working environments, find workloads too heavy or light, or experience varying levels of performance management.
4 | Professional isolation, that could stem from a lack of information or resources, poor performance management, or a lack of mentoring and L&D.
5 | Leading can be tough too, as employees might feel they get less support, or managers fail to develop an e-leadership style – and struggle to motivate colleagues from distance.
6 | Work-life imbalances also play a part, because if your colleagues can’t develop good self-discipline, they can put work first too often or get distracted too easily.
7 | Health Risks are real, and include everything from loneliness, social isolation and online fatigue, to the physical results of poorly-structured workstations.
But through all this, remember that Hybrid – when well run – can bring uniquely great rewards!
- Happiness | Employees can enjoy the freedom of choosing where to work.
- Cost-effectiveness | Companies can redesign their physical office space.
- Safety | Hybrid working keeps employees apart, and safe during a pandemic.
- Talent | Remote working means organisations can hire the best talent wherever they live.
- Visibility | Software can provide a better analysis of an employee’s performance.
- Flexibility | People use their time more efficiently and become more productive.
As industry leaders in workspace design, we’d love to talk you through our wide range of hybrid-friendly services and technologies – focused on both productivity and wellbeing. Get in touch with one of our consultants today.
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