A New Day at the Office
The traditional “day at the office” is over. As people begin to return to work, and organizations look forward and decide on their hybrid working models, it’s not so much that the office has changed, but the way that we utilize it is shifting. New working models are unlikely to be a clear binary choice, but rather something more flexible. With the right types of adaptive solutions in place, organizations and workers will be able to bridge the gap between variable working arrangements and make sure that productive hybrid work is here to stay.
New Workplace Strategies
Identify Collaboration Tools as Core Infrastructure
Striking a workable balance between the advantages of in-person interaction and the limitations of a virtual meeting environment means that collaboration tools that support meaningful interaction between on-site and remote/flex participants are now simply a baseline requirement and are quickly becoming the infrastructure backbone for the connections and culture of the smart hybrid workplace 1.
Embrace New Data & Analytics Challenges
The data says that hybrid models work well, and hybridity will be a major productivity strategy for the future 1. However, understanding employees’ new habits and workflows while maintaining acceptable productivity levels necessitates the constant re-assessment of performance metrics so hybrid implementations can be adjusted with a fluidity that ensures the most seamless operations.2
Accelerate Tech Adoption & Also Re-imagine
Three-quarters of US companies intend to speed up their technology transfer in 2021, while 87% of UK employers have also accelerated their digital transformation projects 1, but these are adoptions that were already in place. It’s mostly a matter of re-imagining some key core technologies that are useful for the hybrid workplace – and they are mostly already available 2.
Evolve New Approaches to Productivity
The worldwide shift to adaptive and home working has empowered a new kind of laptop-enabled flex worker who only requires high-speed Wi-Fi, portable devices, and a workspace located anywhere to perform their job effectively 1. Now, productivity needs to be redefined to support the needs of this dispersed workforce by incorporating aspects such as collaboration, learning, and wellbeing 2.
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