The world is changing more rapidly than ever before. With the emergence of the "hybrid work" environment, we face a wave of change driven by how we use technology to connect people and change behaviors. This shift to hybrid work will be a massive driver of transformation, and one that HR leaders must be prepared to support. Leaders need to begin preparing for a hybrid work environment - embracing new ways of working that allow employees to feel more connected while they're away from the office. Companies that can foster this connection culture will have an edge in attracting talent in today's competitive marketplace.
In a recent study, 95% of HR leaders expect that some of their employees will work remotely after the pandemic. A majority of these leaders (64%) are already embracing hybrid schedules that allow some employees to work remotely. This number will only grow in the coming years as more and more companies begin to see the value of a connected culture.
What's the key to creating a connected culture in a hybrid work environment? Here are three tips:
Tip #01: Communication is key. Ensure employees have the tools they need to stay connected, whether through video conferencing, messaging apps, or email.
Tip #02: Encourage social interaction. When employees are working remotely, they can lose out on the vital water cooler conversations and team-building moments that occur in an office setting. Encouraging social interaction is key to maintaining a connected culture.
: Create a sense of community. Another way to foster a connected culture is to create a sense of community among employees. This can be done through team-building exercises, social media groups, or even company outings.
If you're looking for more tips on how to create a connected culture in your hybrid work environment, be sure to check out our other blog posts on the subject. And, if you're looking for more information on how to manage and lead your team during these uncertain times, be sure to contact Patterson Consulting Group so we can help. We have many years of experience helping companies just like yours succeed in the ever-changing world of work.