The rise of hybrid working
Covid has altered many things for us at work and in our personal life. Homeworking has become the norm and more companies are establishing new ways to adhere to this. Organizations that were rigid in the past are now giving employees more flexibility which increases productivity and allows us to work in an environment we feel most comfortable in.
When we talk about Hybrid working what does this actually mean?
What is Hybrid working?
Hybrid working is the flexibility of working remotely or in the office (agreed between the employer and employee). As we find some businesses are going back into the office hybrid working gives the choice to the employee. This will vary between companies, but it could look like 4 days remote and 1 day in the office a week or the option to work remotely abroad and come back to the office 1 day a month etc.
Studies suggest the benefits of hybrid working mean employees maintain a better work-life balance with less time spent commuting and more time with friends and family.
“We’ve learned a lot of lessons coming through the pandemic. We’ve learned the value of enabling employees to have remote work, that the level of productivity increases with the ability to give employees that level of flexibility and that will continue” Quote from Gavriella Schuster Microsoft Departing Channel Boss https://www.uctoday.com/unified-communications/microsoft-partner-boss-on-biggest-channel-opportunities/
As a result of this a need for remote working technologies is on the rise.
What are the difficulties in hybrid working?
Some companies do not have the tools to be able to encourage hybrid working. This could be down to industry and that the majority of their work cannot be done off site. However, introducing platforms that support hybrid working can help some companies moving forward.
Many are making the shift to Microsoft Teams and in April we saw Teams hit 145 million daily active users. This is an increase from 115 million daily active users in October. It has been at the forefront for companies working from home and has allowed businesses to keep running remotely throughout. Teams are also in the process of ensuring collaboration remains the same when employees are remote or at the office. Including being able to pin messages so they don’t get lost in channels and
But how do you maintain that control on homeworkers using Teams and manage their productivity remotely?
Our suite of solutions is developed with the home worker in mind. Our dashboards and reports are designed to track employee productivity as well as save organizations money.