- Employees have more freedom with a hybrid work paradigm because they can work from anywhere, including the workplace, at home, at the airport before a business trip, and even while sitting poolside!
- Better work-life balance: Allowing employees to select when (or if) they wish to come into the office allows them to better arrange their personal lives, lowering stress and allowing them to spend more time with their family.
- Improved access to talent: Employers who use a hybrid work style have access to a larger pool of candidates who live outside their state or country.
- Inequity between in-office and remote employees: In-person connection is arguably more potent than digital connection, and remote employees may feel left out of virtual meetings if they aren't given the same opportunities to participate as their in-office colleagues.
- Team-building challenges: In the past, corporations built team cohesion by hosting activities like happy hours or sports outings. When work-from-anywhere employees are unable to attend in person, however, building that cohesiveness may be tough.
- Increased reliance on technology: As your teams get more distributed, they will become more reliant on technology to communicate, and if employees aren't adequately trained on how to use such solutions, it can create substantial communication obstacles.
It's evident that hybrid employment is here to stay as businesses rethink their operations and employee preferences. Employers are recognizing the value of hybrid employment, according to recent studies from renowned analysts:
- When compared to pre-pandemic levels, most C-suite executives cited improvements in productivity, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion, according to a recent McKinsey analysis.
- In the future, nine out of ten firms will combine remote and on-site labor, according to McKinsey.
- 90 percent of HR leaders said they entirely trust workers to work from home in the 2020 Gartner ReimagineHR Client Survey, and 75 percent believe employees are just as effective working from home as they are in the office.
- According to a recent survey by SurveyMonkey and Zoom, approximately two-thirds (65%) of respondents who have worked from home in the previous year reported that a hybrid work environment is their ideal work style.
- According to the Gartner ReimagineHR Client Survey for 2020, 25% of the global knowledge workers will opt to work from home as their primary workplace by 2022, with 45 percent working from home two to three days per week.
- According to SurveyMonkey, 61 percent of remote workers would like to attend large group meetings digitally, but 69 percent would prefer to meet new clients or customers in person
- Maintain constant communication and collaboration with your teams: Working with dispersed teams necessitates constant communication and collaboration, so make use of effective solutions like a workplace messaging app or a business phone system to ensure you can stay in touch with your coworkers at all times. Hosting virtual team-building events also helps team members solidify relationships, even if they have never met in person!
- Make a comprehensive resource library: Provide ample resources to assist your scattered teams in navigating their tasks, ensuring the security of their devices and accounts, and training them on how to use your workplace technology and solutions. Employees will have access to the information and materials they need to succeed if a library of recorded training materials and sessions is created.
- Ensure that your workplace solutions are consistent: Using a disparate collection of apps and programs makes it difficult for your hybrid workforce to know which solution to use in various situations, causes friction in the user experience, and is complex and expensive to administer. Your employees will have a friction-less experience with a unified communications solution because their phone, chat, webinar, and video meeting conversations will all be on the same platform.
- Create an infrastructure for business-wide communication: In an emergency or to communicate company news, being able to contact your hybrid workforce and stakeholders all at once is critical. Using an efficient video communications solution that can scale to handle huge events and gatherings makes it simple to organize all-hands meetings, town halls, and send more customized and direct organization-wide messaging.
- Provide solutions that enable all employees to perform the same tasks: You should give your employees with the tools they need to build an enterprise-grade communications experience no matter where they are, whether they are in the office or working remotely. You can assist guarantee that your teams are productive and successful no matter where they choose to work by providing solutions that allow them to collaborate digitally, provide a distraction-free environment, and have the same capabilities as in-office workers.
Creating an effective hybrid workforce with Zoom
A seamless communications ecosystem
Zoom unifies your corporate communications into an one platform, allowing your employees to easily switch between modes of communication like phone, video, and chat, exchange files, share information, and arrange meetings without having to switch between apps or platforms.
Zoom Rooms, Zoom's conference room solution, enables businesses to construct dynamic meeting spaces that meet their individual requirements, ranging from small huddle spaces to big, "all-hands" conference rooms. Wireless screen sharing, touch-free controls, real-time annotations with whiteboarding, and more are all available in Zoom Rooms.
Zoom helps to build equality between in-office and remote workers by allowing them to communicate in real time with screen sharing and live annotation, turn any area into an office with virtual backdrops, and easily switch between different modes of communication. Regardless of their location, employees have access to the same capabilities and services.