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Effective Ways to Foster a Culture of Wellbeing in a Hybrid Work World

HR Tech Outlook | Thursday, December 09, 2021

It is impossible to deny that magic occurs when people come together in a physical space to achieve a common goal in a way that is nearly impossible to replicate online. When working in an office is no longer required, incentivizing attendance at the office can benefit creativity and teamwork.

Fremont, CA: The working world is undergoing a massive transformation. As some businesses begin to make tentative returns to the office, many others are realizing that working remotely has its own set of benefits. As a result, a hybrid work model that includes both remote and on-site work is becoming more popular. Hybrid work is cost-effective, convenient, and makes jobs available to people who would not otherwise be able to do them. However, it is not without its difficulties, the most significant of which is the struggle to establish or maintain a vibrant company culture.

Making Office Time More Intentional

It is impossible to deny that magic occurs when people come together in a physical space to achieve a common goal in a way that is nearly impossible to replicate online. When working in an office is no longer required, incentivizing attendance at the office can benefit creativity and teamwork. Instead of being a place one goes because one has to, one can make on-site work more intentional. Instead of just a building where people work independently in the same space, one can use the office as a deliberate gathering place.

Creating Space for Informal Interactions

With no water cooler to gather around, ad hoc conversations between employees have decreased or vanished entirely. Even casual online check-ins can feel stilted and over-edited, with things going unsaid or lost in translation. All of this contributes to deteriorating coworker relationships, assuming those relationships have the opportunity to develop at all.

That is why it is critical to provide opportunities for employees to interact with people outside of their department. There are numerous ways to accomplish this, including virtual co-working groups (Slack's new "huddle" feature is excellent for this), on-site events that draw people to the office, and non-working activities such as virtual happy hours or game nights. The key is to ensure that these social spaces are accessible to all.

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