After almost 2 years of surviving a pandemic, the world is collectively moving from remote to hybrid. It is moving towards a conscious future in our workplaces. But what does 2022 have in store for us? Does the hybrid work model grow even further? Or do we continue with the remote setting? Are people returning to the office? If yes, then how does it look?
Listen to what our CEO Deepesh Agarwal had to say about the trends that will shape our workplaces in 2022 and beyond.
What will Drive the Global Workforce Trends for 2022?
Posted on January 7, 2022 by wis_wp
This exclusive webinar with Deepesh Agarwal, CEO and Co-Founder WorkInSync, talks about the latest trends that will drive our workplace in 2022. Watch this video to learn more.
Is the Hybrid Work Model a Sustainable Alternative?
Posted on July 26, 2021 by wis_wp
Lisa Whited, Senior Associate at Advanced Workplace Associates, and Deepesh Agarwal, CEO, MoveInSync & WorkInSync, join forces in this webinar to discuss whether the hybrid work model is a sustainable alternative for the future.
“Hybrid working is a great way to improve the missing links in our existing workplaces,” said Lisa when highlighting the need for a hybrid work model. She also quoted that even as we romanticize the concept of our old workplaces, a hybrid work model is a great way to address the current frustrations and fix them. Be it real-estate or flexibility, adopting a hybrid work model can be the answer to our existing problems.
“63% of people believe that hybrid is about when and where they work. It is about having the flexibility of choice,” said Lisa. Most employers are navigating the hybrid work model to determine what is best for their business and employees.
As a CEO, Deepesh agreed with the flexible approach and said, “Studies have shown that when flexibility is accommodated in our workplaces, employees tend to be 4.6 times more productive.” He also added that “employee engagement” can be higher in a hybrid work model.
Reconsidering the Role of Office
“87% of people feel disengaged at work. Lisa believes that all organizations should adopt a ROWE (Result of Work Environment) approach. Both speakers strongly agreed that leaders need to let go of bias in the workplace and nurture meaningful relationships. It is time to focus on both productivity and creativity. Also, with a hybrid work model, the opportunity to address mental health becomes amass. In a model as such, helping people at work increases, which automatically contributes to creating a better workplace.
“The hybrid work model is allowing us to create a space for better collaboration intentionally. This can also help us reduce FOMO that most employees harbor,” added Lisa.
Technology & the Hybrid Work Model
As the CEO of a global hybrid solution, WorkInSync, Deepesh believes that “technology will play a significant role in implementing the hybrid work model.” Most organizations trying to adopt the hybrid work model fails when scheduling employees or managing the office space. ‘Who is going to be where and when’ is a significant challenge, and technology can be the answer to this.
He added, “Be it scheduling employees or booking desks, the right solution will be crucial for a smooth transition.”
A hybrid work model is all about creativity and innovation coupled with technological advancements. It is a sustainable model when implemented right.
Watch this webinar to know more.
Hybrid Workplaces: Future or Fad? Understanding the Benefits & Challenges
Posted on June 3, 2021 by wis_wp
Global Business Leader, Scott Barber, and Author and Speaker, Laura Manescu, came together to discuss the long-term benefits of hybrid workplaces for employees and employers. They also focused on the short-term challenges in making it work, and how workplace culture may need to change in the future.
Recent surveys suggest that between 60 and 70% of people want the flexibility to work from home and the office.69% of businesses in Australia and New Zealand intend to allow people to work one or more days a week from home. 61% of business leaders are “focused on reimagining the workplace.” Adding to this rising trend, Scott Barber said, “Employee goodwill has played a major role in making the shift to a hybrid workplace successful during the pandemic… but many now say… we have done it for a year, why on earth would we need to go back to an office 9 to 5, Monday to Friday.”
Lara Manescu reflected the same thought and quoted, “Flexibility is the key thing here. Organizations have discovered trusting their employees is a powerful aspect. This has led employees to balance their work-life better.”
Flexibility: The Base of Hybrid Workplaces
For employees, flexibility to decide where and when they can work most productively is one of the leading benefits of a hybrid workplace. Employers benefit from the ability to build greater diversity into their workforce by recruiting talent that lives further afield or even implement a more flexible work schedule.
Businesses have also recognized the substantial financial benefits that a hybrid workplace can offer. Suncorp recently stated that it would save $10,000 per employee working remotely, and Google will save US$1bn in 2021 directly as the result of increased home working.
Understanding the Challenges
While the hybrid workplace model has its advantages, it is not without challenges. Both our speakers noted that leadership would be more challenging as team members spend less time in the office.
“Organisations have started to look at soft skills and personality types, in particular for leadership roles, to make sure their hires fit into the company culture,” said Laura.Leaders will need to enhance their EQ, and performance management will have to focus more on outcomes than hard KPIs and ‘facetime.’
Learning and development will also be more challenging in a hybrid workplace model. We will have to rely less on ‘learning by osmosis’ and be more structured in our knowledge sharing.
“(On the job learning) is an area of concern for me, particularly the junior staff. If you are not in an office listening, I worry about the skills gap,” said Scott.
The future is hybrid, but to make it work, policies need to be developed by all the people affected, including passionate employees and our business leaders. With a hybrid workplace, it is time to repurpose and rethink our workplaces.
Watch the entire webinar here.
Hybrid Workplace: The Perfect Risk Management for Your Organization’s Black Swan Event
Posted on April 15, 2021 by wis_wp
This exclusive fireside chat with Manjunath Sharma, Director Real Estate, Admin & Facilities, and Procurement at Hudson’s Bay Company informs how the organization implemented a hybrid workplace leveraging technology.
How to Get 30% of Your Employees Back to the Office Without Breaking a Sweat
Posted on March 12, 2021 by wis_wp
Vandana Tilwani, CHRO, Havas Group, a multinational media company, shares how she took the challenge of bringing 30% of her employees back to the office while creating a sustainable hybrid workplace.
Social Distancing and Real-Estate Optimization through Flexi-Desking
Posted on January 21, 2021 by wis_wp
As organizational real-estate undergoes massive changes, our in-house experts analyze the role of technology to optimize office real-estate, while adhering to post-pandemic regulations.
Building Collaboration in Hybrid Workplaces
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In this exclusive webinar, our subject-matter experts reflect on how to leverage technology to enable collaboration and ensure employee well-being in hybrid workplaces.