Before the outbreak of COVID-19, we were used to working out of a central office with standardized working hours. But after employees were sent home, companies started to see the benefits in hybrid work. This led to a number of reflections within businesses that is now leading to a substantial shift in the way we work.As restrictions thankfully lift and we move into our new normal, many are keen to combine an element of flexibility with the ability to meet face-to-face when working.
In fact, in a recent survey, 72% of respondents said they would like to return to the office 1 or 2 days a week.So how can companies adjust to the long-term realities of hybrid working while maintaining a strong company culture? These are the questions that have been keeping us up at night, so in October, we brought together a panel of thought leaders to share their thoughts on navigating the future of work.Thank you to John Goulding, CEO of Workvivo; Patrick Cournoyer, Chief Evangelist at Peakon, a Workday company; Ross Seychell, Chief People Officer at Personio and Avi Meir, Co-Founder and CEO at TravelPerk, for joining in on this inspiring discussion. You can watch the webinar in full
hereor read on for our top takeaways!
Many of us love toasting to the end of the week with our colleagues. But with the outbreak of COVID-19, Friday night drinks and a host of other bonding activities went out the window. Employees are missing the social aspect of being with their teammates, alongside the fun initiatives and in-jokes that boost motivation in the office.
Companies are facing many questions about their plans for the future. As we have seen, many employees are keen to keep an element of flexible working going forward, while others are reluctant to return to the office.Hybrid working has been a significant part of the zeitgeist of late. However, many organizations are still figuring out which
working modelwill suit their business better, whether that's office-first, fully remote, or hybrid.Whichever path they choose, companies will need to adapt to their new working model. But with change come massive opportunities. For starters, companies are now less restricted by location and can hire talent from further afield.On the whole, the perception is that changing to a hybrid work model will give employees the best of both worlds. It allows them to combine the flexibility of working from home with the socialization and career development that comes from maintaining regular contact with the office. But how do businesses strike a balance between incorporating remote working for the long haul while maintaining a strong company culture?
Organizations need to take stock and discover new ways to connect with their teams. The pandemic has offered companies a once-in-a-lifetime chance to design a whole new future for the way they work that's more adjusted to the times we live in. It's important to remember, though, that no one has all the answers when it comes to this colossal question. There is no one size fits all solution, and companies will need to take their time and do their due diligence in figuring out what path is right for them.
After being apart for almost two years, companies are keen to bring their teams back together. But there is a need to be strategic about how and where we host these meetings. With the increased flexibility about where employees work, more organizations are opening up to the notion of offsite team meetings in fun yet functional destinations.While these offsites could center around one of the company's main offices, some businesses are
opting for an entirely new destinationas a chance to mix business updates with entertaining team-building activities. Many see these not just as a chance to talk shop but as a much-needed opportunity to get colleagues bonding again and to celebrate surviving the challenges of COVID-19.Digital nomads working full time for an organization might be used to the concept of an annual company get-together in an exotic location. But as more companies switch to a hybrid or remote first model, entire teams being brought together for annual, bi-annual, or even quarterly offsites might become more mainstream.
Organizations have been getting creative to keep teams inspired and feel connected. Some businesses have created podcasts so employees can listen to management's innovative ideas and feel more affiliated with their company's values. Other CEOs have created daily video content to reach out through the digital divide and motivate their teams.These projects are large undertakings, so they need to reflect your company culture and provide value to your teams. As a whole, people are searching for authenticity, especially from their leadership. So any content needs to be very deliberate and based on topics that matter.
As we have seen, after a difficult couple of years, employee wellbeing will be a top concern for the foreseeable future. But how can companies put their teams' physical and mental health first in a remote work environment?