This is the first in our new series ‘Shaping Your Hybrid Working Strategy,’ a collection of articles that will look at how to successfully move to a Hybrid Working model while ensuring your people remain at the forefront.

As the world goes back to a “new normal” following the peak of the COVID19 pandemic, organisations are investing a lot of time in planning and discovering how to navigate this next step. As offices re-open and cities start to fill with people again, what does this mean for your staff?

For many, the answer is a move to hybrid working: the combination of working both remotely, and from a physical workplace.

As hybrid workplace consultants, we encourage organisations to put a strategy in place that ensures every person can thrive within the hybrid workplace. Because every organisation is different, you need a strategy that reflects the general trends in society – whilst capturing the essence of what makes your organisation a great place to work.

We’ve put together 9 key questions that you should be asking internally, or already be able to answer, when planning your hybrid work strategy. These relate back to the 3 key pillars of any Hybrid Workplace strategy:

  • Change Management, the people
  • Physical Environment, the place
  • Technology Platform, the tech

We’ve also highlighted these questions based on the common themes which keep coming up when talking to our customers: flexible working, employee wellbeing and effective meetings.

Graphic showing three pillars of a Hybrid Working strategy

Questions to ask around Change Management, the people side of a move to Hybrid Working:

 

  1. Are you giving people clarity around what is expected of them and their work patterns?
  2. Who owns “Employee Experience” for your organisation?​
  3. How do you change the meeting culture in a Hybrid Workplace?​

     

Questions to ask about your Physical Space when looking into a Hybrid Workplace strategy:

 

  1. How do we balance the need to manage capacity with flexibility for staff?
  2. How do we ensure everyone can strike the right life/work balance?​
  3. How can we create an equality of experience regardless of location?​

     

Questions to ask about the Technology Platform you are using when moving to a Hybrid Working model:

 

  1. Does your platform allow effective communication to a Hybrid Workforce?
  2. How can you use data from Microsoft 365 to improve Wellbeing?​
  3. How can you reduce the number of “bloated” or ineffective meetings?​

We’ve put these questions into a handy grid thank you can download for use when shaping your own strategy:

shape your hybrid working strategy guide

Across the next blogs in the series, we’ll be going into each of these three areas to take a more in depth look at how you can ensure each of them are considered in your Hybrid Working strategy.

Keep an eye on our website, Twitter, and LinkedIn to read the next blogs in the series.

Expert advice on moving to a Hybrid Working model

For companies that haven’t yet explored new ways of working, the idea of a Hybrid Model might seem unfamiliar and daunting. At Hable, we have experience in working with companies to help them manage this move to a Hybrid world.

Kickstart your Hybrid Working journey and get in touch with us today for a chat.

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