Adapting to the right hybrid working model is going to be crucial for many organisations moving forward. Whilst a hybrid model can deliver value for both employers and staff, it does not come without its challenges to make it a worthwhile experience for all.
Creating an effective hybrid working model for your organisation will affect everything from staff morale to how successful organisations are, therefore, it is critical that it is right.
1. Think about how much physical office space you need to accommodate peaks
The layout of furniture will be important to ensure it still inspires creativity, enriches performance and drives efficiency. Consider things like clear screening to open-up the office space, whilst still protecting employees against viruses. Make it easy to hot desk by providing laptops and monitor-risers on desks so that they can be kept clear and easy to clean between use. Practical measures to protect employees and keep businesses functioning will also need to be thought through, such as clear signage, bigger meeting rooms and refreshed catering areas.
2. Keep infection control policies up to date and clearly communicated
As government guidelines change it will be important that organisations update and communicate any policy changes. As employees adjust to moving between home and the office, they may need regular reminders about the organisations policies, especially if the organisation has been providing infection control products such as face coverings and require them to be worn.
3. Provide the technology needed to host a meeting with both office based and remote participants
The nature of a hybrid model is likely to mean that meeting participants will be based from multiple locations. Giving staff the tools they need to engage and collaborate will be key to making meetings successful, no matter where they are. Products such as speakers and headsets will ensure sound clarity for remote and office based meetings.
4. Factor in how you can foster the collaborative office environment with the flexibility of working from home into the new working culture
This may include updating technology to ensure employees can collaborate wherever they are working, updating your meeting rooms to include more collaborative equipment, such as interactive whiteboards, and suggest a number of social days a week in the office.
5. Encourage clear communication between teams and departments to make the most of office days
A good combination, where appropriate, could be for team meetings to take place during office days and task-driven days completed at home. Set out guidelines that work for your organisation and employees that will help the adoption of a hybrid model.
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If you have any other questions or would like to know more about the Office Supplies framework available through YPO, please get in touch with the team.