Is Your Business Prepared for a Hybrid Work Environment?

As we approach the one-year mark of the start of the global pandemic, business leaders around the globe are still maneuvering the massive shift to remote work models. While it is still unclear when the majority of workers will be returning to the office full-time, several companies are adopting new remote work policies that allow employees to have complete control of when they decide to return to the office. For many businesses, this means deploying a hybrid work environment, which has employees working remotely and occasionally going into the office at varying times to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

While a hybrid model puts employees’ health and wellbeing first by offering remote work flexibility, it comes with a myriad of technology and HR challenges. The question businesses need to be asking is “Is your business prepared for a hybrid work environment?”

Here are the items you need to discuss and plan with your leadership team as you move to a hybrid work environment.

  • Communication: The first step towards a hybrid work environment involves your HR, Communication, and Leadership teams. Before stepping back into the office, you need to be aligned on the communication and plan to re-enter. Employees need to understand the proper safety measures and requirements. It is important to start communicating early to set expectations.
  • Safety: As you re-open your offices, there are several safety precautions that must be regulated. Firstly, develop seating and floor plans that meet social distancing guidelines. Establish new workplace etiquette and protocols and have masks and hand sanitizers readily available.
  • Technology: The global pandemic created a dramatic increase in digital acceleration including the adoption of cloud computing. Cloud computing allows organizations to access their network and data from anywhere, anytime. As businesses adopt a hybrid work model, businesses will need to evaluate which cloud solutions will be the best fit.
  • Cybersecurity: Businesses had to adopt a remote work model overnight, and many security measures were overlooked. Now, that there’s been enough time to deploy work from home efforts, potential security threat areas and gaps need to be addressed. For example, email filtering should be upgraded and employee security training should be regularly scheduled.