How to Successfully Navigate the World of Hybrid Working

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In the post-pandemic era, work is no longer a place you go; rather it is something you do.  More and more often, employees are working across different times and spaces – anytime, anywhere.

In the current situation, 73% of employees want flexible remote options to stay, while at the same time 67% want more in-person work or collaboration. This evokes a need to take on hybrid working – reimagining how, when, and where we work.

The biggest challenge companies are facing is finding the right balance for employees to ensure a smooth transition into hybrid working.  Jabra offers solutions with products like the PanaCast series and Speak series for high-end video conferencing and sound quality, and the Evolve Headset series that can provide next-level noise-cancellation and intelligent solutions. 

So, how can you and your team navigate the world of Hybrid working with ease? All players – employers, managers and organisations, play a key role in this, starting with rethinking the foundation of work, workplace culture, and power dynamics.

Employees

For many, working remotely for the last year has blurred the lines between work and personal life. However, returning to the office post-pandemic can seem daunting too. As companies begin to adopt various models of hybrid working, employees need to learn to navigate this change.

Find the Right Balance

Nobody wants to go to the office anymore if it isn’t necessary. Working from home is a preferred choice for employees. So how do we manage the balance between working from home and the office? 

Start by advising employees to track their tasks for a couple of weeks. Sort them into two categories; one with tasks requiring a high level of collaboration, and the other with tasks that need complete focus. This way you can help your employees ensure that their work and time is split accordingly between spaces. 

Pro Tip: When working on focus-based tasks, use noise-cancelling headphones from the new Evolve headset series designed to increase productivity, and give you the freedom to work from anywhere.

Find the Right Tasks

Do your employees require a high level of team collaboration regularly? Or does your team require less flexibility and can collaborate easily via virtual platforms? 

Evaluate the type of tasks and how much independence they have. Some of these tasks might be suited to asynchronous communication, whereas others have greater value from synchronous communication

To establish an ideal schedule for when or when not to go to the office, employees can list down their tasks in accordance with the people they need to collaborate with to get that work done, and when they feel the most productive. That can help structure where your employees choose to work while finding the right balance between spaces in relation to your productivity.

Pro Tip: For virtual meetings, combine PanaCast 20 and Speak series for exceptional audio and video quality that provides an experience just like face-to-face meetings.

 

Managers

Managers need to always remember that there is no ‘one size fits all’ to hybrid work. While companies are trying to integrate hybrid working models efficiently, they can expect to see a different impact on everyone.

As we move to hybrid working, managers must create inclusive virtual workplace strategies to promote equal participation in teams. 70% of employees’ engagement is driven by their manager irrespective of their location. This is why facilitating employee well being and creating supportive team culture should be every manager’s top concern. 

A safe and open environment leads to high performance and outstanding results. Employees who feel that their voices are heard are 4.6 times much more likely to feel empowered to perform their best at work. 

Here are some strategies for managers to create more inclusive collaboration:

  1. Provide multiple channels for communication such as virtual team meetings, emails, audio calls, chats, etc. 
  2. Make sure everyone gets a chance to voice their ideas in team meetings. 
  3. Talk openly about mental health and well-being with your teams.
  4. Use anonymous surveys to know more about your employees’ headspace. 

Organisations

Moving forward, the office is no longer the primary place for work. It will soon be a space only for collaboration and culture.

Organizations are required to redesign their infrastructure to better suit hybrid work. This can be easier said than done though, as it’s quite a complex process with many factors to consider. 

Companies are investing in immersive collaboration technology that can adapt to a range of spaces and types of work. Employers need to create the same level playing field for all employees – be it those in the office, or remote participants. Organizations with high levels of flexibility are almost three times more likely to see high employee performance. 

How can companies build future offices and manage this transition? 

Repurpose the Office

Key players in the company need to redefine the purpose of the office as a resource. Inform your employees that it is a space where different formats of team collaboration can happen.

Provide Flexible Spaces

From boardroom meetings to brainstorming sessions or even a coffee corner, there should be spaces available for employees to work and collaborate better together. Keep into account the acoustics of your office space as high noise levels harm productivity.

Upgrade your IT Infrastructure

Technology plays the biggest role in hybrid working. Organisations should only consider their hybrid work model successful when all participants in the company can collaborate seamlessly regardless of their location.

Pro Tip: Install PanaCast 50 in meeting rooms as it has a 180° field of view that will allow employees working from home to see everyone present in the room, improving communication and collaboration.

Despite the potential pitfalls of hybrid working, it gives us opportunities to create unique workspaces for all. Employees can enjoy commute-free days when working from home, just as much as they can have social interactions while in the office. 

Though hybrid work still has a long way to go, the right time to integrate it into your workplace is now!

To learn more about how to successfully navigate the world of hybrid working, join us at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai from October 17 – October 21. We will showcase our audio and video conferencing solutions for hybrid working.

“Jabra is a leading actor in digital transformation – we’re supporting our customers and partners by providing intelligent audio and video solutions.

Working from home, hybrid work, collaboration optimized, flexibility, AI features, and UC adoption, are just a few of the many challenges that we, Jabra, know how to address and manage with our range of solutions and devices.

That’s why we’ll be excited to meet you all during this unique and great event. So please come and visit our exhibition booth, where you’ll discover our solutions in live demos and discussions with our teams.”

Hamid Ramz, Territory Sales Manager North and West Africa

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GITEX is a global tech event where world industry leaders, startups, and key decision-makers have joined together to unveil the future for the last 41 years. This year, the main focus for Jabra is to showcase our new innovative solutions to create an inclusive and flexible hybrid working future. 

Book a Demo now for your chance to win ‘Meeting Room in a Box’ which includes PanaCast, Speak 710 and accessories.