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How Hybrid Work is Impacting Workplace Trends

HR Tech Outlook | Monday, September 13, 2021

The ability to move from home to office with some freedom during the workweek is, of course, what hybrid work entails. Employees will occasionally commute to the office, allowing them to attend meetings and enjoy the company of coworkers.

Fremont, CA: The corporate landscape is shifting right in front of our eyes. Numerous changes were observed in real-time as businesses grappled with the events of 2020, but the truth is that these events only accelerated changes that were already underway. One of them is the rise of remote and hybrid work environments.

The ability to move from home to office with some freedom during the workweek is, of course, what hybrid work entails. Employees will occasionally commute to the office, allowing them to attend meetings and enjoy the company of coworkers. On some other days, they can enjoy the flexibility of working from home, close to family.

This rapid change to hybrid work is affecting numerous other workplace trends. Here are a few you should keep an eye on throughout the remainder of 2021:

Recruiting the Right People Is Vital

To accommodate hybrid work, one's recruitment strategy will need to change. Companies must recruit employees who can handle the weekly transition from home to office and maintain good communication throughout to pull off successful hybrid work.

Communication skills are always in demand, but they should be prioritized even more for remote and hybrid workers. When depending on project management software and other technologies to stay connected and productive, a general understanding of technology will also be required.

Perhaps most importantly, trust will be developed between each new and existing employee. One must be able to rely on one's employees to complete their tasks while they are at home without direct supervision. In exchange, these employees will expect one not to micromanage them while they enjoy the freedom of working from home.

Tracking Performance Metrics Will Grow in Importance

Until recently, many organizations were able to avoid tracking goals and performance metrics too closely or consistently. This is due, in large part, to the manager's ability to closely monitor everything on the office floor. To ensure that productivity remains high, all businesses must make robust metrics tracking a habit.

Ultimately, companies shouldn't care whether employees work from home or in the office as long as their work is still getting done. In fact, studies have shown that working from home can even make employees more productive. However, companies will only be able to gauge that productivity when performance is being measured.

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