As we learned last year, it is important to know how to adapt to sudden changes. One of the big things we’ve learned to adapt to is remote work. But as the world returns to normal, you likely need your employees in the office for certain aspects of your work. A way you can bring people back in-person without giving up the flexibility of remote work is to create a hybrid workplace. Hybrid workplaces allow employees to work a few days in-person and a few days remotely, giving them the benefits of in-person and remote work. Here are some of the best ways to manage a hybrid workforce:
Let Individuals Make Choices
Though there are times where you absolutely need employees on-site, there are likely lots of times where it doesn’t matter if an employee works in-person or remotely. Block off the times you need employees on-site and set basic requirements for time on-site, then let your employees build their schedules around those times. Everyone has different times that are helpful to have remotely or in-person. Make sure your letting employees make the choices that help them work their best.
Implement Helpful Motivators
An employee will likely not care if their picture is put up as employee of the month as a reward if they spend more time working from home than working on-site. A key of creating an effective hybrid workplace is finding motivators that work for remote employees and on-site employees. Prizes, bonuses, and recognition online and in-person are all good ways to motivate hybrid employees.
Standardize Productivity Measurement
Proximity bias is the bias that people are more productive while working on-site than when working remote. To keep this bias from overtaking your workforce, create a standardized process for evaluating employee productivity. This will keep productivity to tangible facts and remove bias from the equation.
Running a hybrid workplace is tough work. Follow these tips to create a better hybrid work environment.