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Hybrid work doesn’t have to be emotionally taxing

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OfficeRnD is a Business Reporter client

We have an unprecedented opportunity to combine the flexibility of remote work with the collaboration of the office

Hybrid work – a model of working part-time in the office and part-time remotely – gives us a chance to radically upgrade the workplace. However, going hybrid is a complex endeavor and most companies are still figuring it out as they go.

What we do know for now is that a successful shift to hybrid requires a delicate balance between business goals and employee needs. That’s why we believe flexibility, personalization and collaboration should be at the heart of this new work paradigm. In other words, we should try to combine the best of office work (collaboration and connection) and remote work (flexibility and personalization).

There’s no one-size-fits-all recipe for this, but we can set some basic ground rules. Some of these are already used by large companies, while others are based on our experience as a company that has been promoting flexible working for years. With this in mind, here are our most important pillars for making hybrid work a success.

Hybrid working does not have to mean the same schedule for everyone, e.g. B. Three days in the office per week. One of the biggest benefits of hybrid working should be the ability to customize your work schedule to suit your professional and personal needs.

That’s why companies like Amazon have key hybrid planning decisions made at the team level. Others, like Salesforce and HubSpot, have created different work options for individuals to choose from.

In addition to wellbeing, such flexible options are also critical to productivity, as they allow people to choose the way they work based on the demands of their job, rather than adapting to the needs of everyone else.

Community is the biggest benefit of coming to the office. Face-to-face contact with others is invaluable, so it is important to encourage face-to-face collaboration in an organization.

Businesses can do this by letting team members decide which days to come into the office based on when their colleagues are there. Everyone can collaborate in person and then work from home when they need seclusion to get their tasks done. Face-to-face collaboration comes naturally when employees deem it necessary, rather than enforced by policy.

And again, no one needs to commute every day or feel trapped by a top-down enforced schedule.

We’re all familiar with Zoom fatigue – the feeling of tiredness or anxiety brought on by overuse of video conferencing tools. However, video conferencing is only part of the larger problem of app overload.

If you’re managing a hybrid workspace, you probably need a desk booking app, especially if you have more employees than desks. You can manage desk booking in spreadsheets, but as your business grows, the process becomes more and more time-consuming and tedious — and most of us are already drowning in spreadsheets.

In short, it’s better to use a specialized desk booking app. However, no one wants yet another app just to go to work.

As a company developing a hybrid workplace solution, we know this from experience. That’s why our product integrates with Slack, Google Calendar, and the Microsoft suite (including Teams and Outlook). This allows companies and individuals to manage the hybrid workspace in their everyday apps.

OfficeRnD’s free webinar, How To Simplify Hybrid Work Through Scheduling & Integrations, explains how to minimize uncertainty and help everyone in your organization embrace hybrid work. Learn more about OfficeRnD at Officernd.com

Originally published on Business Reporter

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