We share best practices for getting to know individuals in a virtual environment. Remote teams often struggle with creativity—but implementing some simple routines and tools can support their best work. In this video from the 2020 change@work virtual conference, design leaders from metalab shared some of their best practices for keeping creativity going. To make the transition easier, we’ve compiled all our advice—as well as our favorites articles from other sources—on effective hybrid and remote workplaces, below. Obviously, companies on the scale of apple, google, or even jamf will have an easier time creating such high-touch employee engagement experiences, but small can also be beautiful.
These insights can also help identify employees that are struggling to adapt to the new culture. The main principle of remote-first is that the company should act like a remote company with employees working across different time zones and collaborating online, keeping in mind that their productivity is not compromised. Suppose my team wants to work together, but I’m going back to the office tuesdays and thursdays and others are going back mondays, wednesdays, and fridays. It sounds simple—but getting to that level of granularity helps in orchestrating the best possible outcome for in-office collaboration, so that interactions can be that much more powerful and meaningful.
With this in mind, we are already grooming a new generation to step into a hybrid workplace and accept it as the norm from day one. Over the past few weeks microsoft announced that it plans to let more workers work from home post-pandemic. The redmond, washington-based company unveiled plans to adopt a “Hybrid workplace” environment as it copes with the coronavirus crisis. The company said part of its strategy is to permanently offer employees greater flexibility once the outbreak subsides. Remote work can lead to a lost of connection and an erosion of company culture.
In addition to a greater number of remote workers in general, the shift between in-office and remote workers will be very fluid, constantly changing. If the remote/in-office split was always 50/50 or 75/25, this would be easier to plan for. It’s the constant movement that will make office planning a challenge. This will have a big impact that workplaces and room technology will need to support.
Many employees say they can better manage their work-life balance while working from home. Stress levels are lower because they are closer to family, have little or no commute, and can tackle errands and housework as needed, leaving them more free time on weekends and holidays. The workplace is evolving and it’s fundamentally changing how people work and collaborate.