Hybrid work is here to stay, but how can organisations best cater for it?
This article is written by research assistant Emma Skjelten Daasvatn.
One of today’s critical organisational challenges is to enable teams to work in an efficient and sustainable way from a combination of office, home and co-working space.
Hybrid work requires organisations to rethink how to structure work communication, digital and face-to-face presence among team members, and to consider how to manage long-term effects on individual and team functioning.
How should organisations accommodate to make hybrid work a smooth reality?
A challenge or an opportunity?
A recent study by Accenture, of more than 9000 global workers, showed that those who worked remotely 25-75% of the time, reported better mental health, stronger work relationships, experienced less burnout, and were overall somewhat better off than those individuals working either fully onsite or fully digital. Furthermore, 83% identified a hybrid model as optimal.
What this study tells us, is that when done right, hybrid work can have great benefits. However, succeeding with creating a hybrid workplace that works is not random luck, and is certainly not self-evident. It needs to be designed and carried out consciously.
Strategic implementation of digital solutions
For the companies and workers that have a high digital maturity, who are good at integrating technology into their work life and work routine, it becomes a resource, enabling efficiency and productivity. However, if integration of technology is dissatisfactory, or is hard for the workers to use, it becomes an extra challenge.
In order to create an efficient hybrid workplace, working strategically with integrating technology and good digital solutions is important. Make it a priority to train team members so that they see it as a resource. Consciously integrate it into the work routine, and into the work processes, so that it can be seen as a helping tool for the employees, rather than extra work.