How to create a thriving hybrid workplace environment
15 July 2021 // 3 mins read
As many businesses have transitioned into a remote way of working over the past 12 months, a hybrid workplace has grown in popularity. This model promotes a flexible work environment, giving employees the freedom to split their time between working in an office or from home.
Businesses are starting to invest in the correct technology to support this shift. However, to ensure this transition runs seamlessly, we have listed a few tips that could help keep your workplace thriving.
Encourage more conversations
One challenge for remote working is the feeling of isolation and loneliness. Staying connected whilst working remotely is so important.
By encouraging employees to have ‘water-cooler conversations’ online can help combat this issue. Whether these conversations take place on a platform like Zoom or Slack, stopping and taking a break to chat to a colleague for 5 minutes will help continue to build relationships like you would in the office.
Last year, we installed a portable Avocor interactive screen with a Logitech Meetup for one of our clients. Positioned in view of the general office area, this allowed remote team members to chat with colleagues who are in the office.
Set realistic daily, weekly, or monthly goals
Stats from a survey by Monster, a global online employment platform, showed that 69% of remote workers are experiencing burnout symptoms. The WHO (World Health Organisation) defines work burnout as a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.
When working remotely, work-life balance can become blurred and harder to define. Knowing when to switch off at the end of your workday has become increasingly harder, with Gartner research showing a 40% increase in the length of the workday in the past 12 months.
By setting realistic goals for employees to complete in a workday can encourage them to switch off as soon as their work has been completed. Using a platform similar to Trello, can help tasks be managed, tracked and shared with teammates. This can help prevent burnout whilst promoting a healthy work-life balance.
Promote regular breaks
Following on from the previous point on burnouts, it is imperative to have regular breaks to prevent stress build-up. Stepping away momentarily can help you feel mentally and physically refreshed. Microsoft recently conducted a study that proves back-to-back meetings can decrease your ability to focus and engage.
Microsoft has recently announced they will be building upon their Viva Insights app, to help employees protect time and prioritise their wellbeing. By implementing timers to help you make progress on important tasks whilst having planned breaks in between, this solution will help businesses succeed in a hybrid environment.