One challenge this pandemic has presented us all with is the unpredictability of day-to-day life. This includes the different ways of attending work. Many offices have realized the benefits of remote working, such as reduced costs and increased productivity of the team members. However, as the pandemic continues to evolve, going into the office is an option again. This presents the concept of a hybrid model, which is the topic of today’s blog.
Evaluate your Office
A hybrid model offers flexibility that will appeal to your employees in the workplace. Since there are many pros to implementing a hybrid model, you should first evaluate your office. Begin by seeing how many employees are in the office and monitor their productivity levels. If they are voicing the opinion of liking to work at home, try to appease them. If they seem slower when coming into the office, productivity could increase if they had a work-from-home day each week. Talk to your employees to see what they would prefer. Starting a conversation will be the fastest way to get to know how your employees feel about a hybrid model. Keeping your employees as happy as possible will also help their work.
Furthermore, evaluate the space that is available within your workplace. If the office is an open concept tight on space, some employees may feel more comfortable working from home. Although, if the hybrid model is not the best choice for your office dynamic, then consider implementing more safety measures. Your employees will produce work more efficiently if they feel comfortable in the space they are working in.
How to Accurately Approach the Hybrid Model
Approaching the hybrid model will look different for different types of industries, but maintaining a level of safety is crucial. After evaluating your office and deciding if the hybrid model is a good fit you can start the implementation. First, begin with the feedback from your employees and your observations. A great place to start is installing the LivMote Touchless Temperature Screening. Not only will your employees feel safe in their place of work, but so will any guests that may enter the building. This technology offers accurate and precise temperature screening that eliminates the need for someone to come into contact with potentially infectious guests.
Another consideration when approaching the hybrid model is deciding what days would be best for your employees to come into the office. Some companies have required a set number of days to come into the office a week, for example, three days a week in the office and two days at home. Some other companies have split it up by departments, in which, one department will be in office and the other will be at home. This will help eliminate the number of employees in one spot each day if you have a large team. Similarly, if you have a certain set of employees working on one project, it may be beneficial for them to come into the office to collaborate. Approaching the hybrid model will look different for each company that does it. The important thing is to be flexible and ready to make changes if your first solution doesn’t work.
How to Meet Employee and Company Needs
As mentioned earlier, the hybrid model offers increased flexibility for employees. This is a very important benefit for employees that are balancing a busy work-life schedule. Busy parents would benefit from working from home a few days a week to stay active in their children’s lives. Or maybe some employees can catch up on housework on their breaks. By offering the hybrid model for your employees, you will be more appealing as an employer because of the options you’re providing.
Additionally, the company can benefit from the increased work productivity that employees are exerting. Not only can they spend their days out of the office at home, but they can go to a local coffee shop or a park. These different changes in scenery can inspire creativity in the work that employees are producing. This in all will create happier clients and improve company growth.
Implementing a hybrid model that works best for your office is crucial during the rapidly changing pandemic. Decide if a hybrid model will work best for you and your team, then try different strategies to approach the model. Decide who would benefit from being in the office which days or allow your employees to choose for themselves. Offering flexibility for your employees may be the best way to increase productivity and positively grow your business.