How to make hybrid working work

Sarah Corcoran

Blog Writer

With the future of work almost definitely being a combination of at-home and in-office flexi-working, and a return to work imminent for most of us, it’s time to start planning how hybrid working can work for your business. It gives business owners and companies alike, a chance to truly prioritise your greatest asset – your people – and make changes to streamline real estate costs. Reimagining the workspace to accommodate flexible workplace solutions and incorporating better technology will be essential to the future of work. Ask how Premier Business Centres can help create an exciting and modern workplace for your return to work.

Employee Motivation

One of the most important parts of creating your new work model should be the opinions and input of your colleagues and employees. A decision may be made from the top level, but it may not suit all employees. Giving them a sense of control over their workspace, the location of work, and their work/life balance is key to a harmonious workplace and satisfied employees. Surveying employees anonymously will help you to gather insights into when and how they want to work in the office and when it’s less necessary. You can use this invaluable insight to announce a workplace model that suits your company culture.

Measuring Employee Performance

Being present in the workplace is no longer an indicator of good performance. These days, performance is measured more on outcomes, teamwork, communication, and professional development. When you empower your team and give them the right skills and tools to perform well, you will get a better understanding of how they perform, and it won’t make a difference whether they are in the office or working from home. Giving your stay the right technology, simple communication tools, clear lines of communication, measurable and manageable objectives, and streamlining admin is a guaranteed formula for excellent output.

Flexible Office Space

Offering your employees flexible office space is one of the key ingredients to the success of hybrid working. No longer will employees be tied to long commutes five days a week, losing valuable hours sitting in traffic. Offering a flexible workplace, as well as a flexible office environment is now an important part of employee satisfaction. Using co-working hubs or serviced office space reduces occupancy costs, saves paying for space you’re not using, and enhances in-company and intercompany collaboration all while giving employees the space to progress. Using a more rural office space also reduces your employees’ commute, brings business to local communities, and costs less than prime real estate in the city centre. Premier Business Centres offers flexible workplace solutions in a variety of locations in Dublin and Kildare and can play a huge role in growing your business while reducing overheads.

Digital Solutions

Your team is only as good as their technology. Streamlining processes, investing in tech, and providing high-spec equipment makes a huge difference to a team’s output, saving time, effort, and frustration. It may take a large initial investment but providing your team with the tools they need to work well from home AND in the office will pay off in the long run. Cut out the laborious admin processes and invest in user-friendly software to save time and give your staff more time to concentrate on the most important things –increasing the success of the business.

Over the past two years, we’ve all become familiar with the overuse of video calls and drawn-out unnecessary meetings that could have been emailed. Checking in with your team every day or two is important but allowing your employees to get on with their work autonomously is more important. There is no need to pack your schedule with back-to-back calls and leave yourself no time to do your work. Try to keep video calls short and to the point and don’t expect staff to attend ‘water cooler chats’ or turn on their cameras if they don’t want to.

The return to work will be daunting for many and a hybrid model may be the best solution for your business. Learn more about flexible workspaces, serviced offices, virtual offices, and all of the other services that Premier Business Centres provide by contacting Therese on 01 6392939or email [email protected].

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