Employees have shown a lot during the pandemic, but most importantly, working outside the office doesn’t affect their productivity or engagement. But what next? Companies now have to ask three central questions to consolidate hybrid working as part of their corporate culture.
The companies that discover this will have a significant advantage in attracting talent or achieving their business goals. But for this to happen, the cornerstones for sustainable working conditions must be recreated. What we need to do is to focus on these three pillars: the place of work, the time, and the way we work, to maximize employee engagement, collaboration, and productivity.
Our goal is to help develop the corporate culture because it allows us to exploit the advantages of hybrid working to the fullest. However, the company itself must be able to allow a “flow-through” ability. In other words, the employees and managers can change locations and schedules themselves in a meaningful way. Meaningful refers to increasing productivity and commitment. In addition, shared responsibility for effective work is only possible if the company has confidence in its employees to be productive. At the same time, employees are flexible with mobile work, and they feel comfortable.
Three central questions about hybrid working
For a fully-fledged hybrid work strategy, companies have to deal with the following three central questions:
- What improves the value proposition for the employee, and how does this fit into the budget?
- How do I have to invest in the employees’ life cycle to achieve the most significant benefit?
- Are the company’s circumstances fully adapted to hybrid working? (Infrastructure, technologies, workflows, etc.)
With the help of these three questions, we will be able to recruit new talents through the opportunity to enjoy the advantages of a hotel once a year while at work. Furthermore, attempts can be made through team retreats or certain off-sites to strengthen cohesion.
Therefore the question is no longer whether employees can be productive when they work remotely. The question is rather what can be offered to employees so that they can work productively.