Why hybrid teams may be essential to future success

Earlier this year the world was quick to embrace remote work wherever it was possible. Many organisations adopted flexible work practices to help their business and workforce.

Now, as some of us return to our workplaces, organisations are exploring the opportunities, where employees can flex in and out of the office as it suits them – personally and professionally.

Workplaces and leaders need to adapt

Previously we looked at the importance of social cohesion for high-performing teams.

We also need to look at how to avoid the pitfalls to working remotely as seen at IBM and Yahoo! where flexible workers were recalled to the office.

  • Be mindful of creating one culture – Keep activities and discussions equally accessible to all
  • Avoid bias towards those most in the office – This quickly erodes employee engagement
  • Be adaptable and flexible – Communicate regularly with team members to understand their needs

The benefits are significant

In addition to the opportunities to save on premises costs, the hybrid team offers many advantages, including:

  • Diversity and inclusion can be enhanced, giving opportunity for employees with disability or carers to work better suited to their needs
  • Improved productivity, satisfaction and turnover – as highlighted in this study

Where to go for help and information

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