Updated: May 20
As businesses continue adjusting their work arrangements in the COVID-19 era, the hybrid working model is fast becoming a popular choice. Many organisations are transitioning to hybrid working, a flexible working model where employees work both from the office and from home. Under this model, in some instances, a percentage of the workforce will work remotely while the rest will be required to work in the office. And then there’s also the model where some employees work remotely for a few days and return to the office for the remaining days.
According to a Future of Work Study 2021 report by a multinational management consulting firm, 83% of the 9,000 workers worldwide surveyed, have stated their preference towards the hybrid work model. As employers embark on getting their workforce onto the hybrid model, the following are four practices to help them reap the benefits of a motivated and productive workforce.
1. Train your team more deliberately
In the past, companies could depend on co-workers giving ad hoc training to fellow colleagues in the same office. In the hybrid environment, such ad-hoc training will be harder to do. Therefore, companies must become more deliberate with their training programmes.
When the pandemic was first declared, many employers put their training plans on the backburner to focus on managing their business in a pandemic. However, as businesses started adapting to the new normal, they understood the need to train their employees for the changing work landscape.
Employers should also engage with their employees to understand their training needs and fulfill these needs in virtual learning and e-learning environments. It is not only their employees’ digital or technical skills that need to be developed but also soft skills such as staying resilient throughout this pandemic.
2. Plan the hybrid work intentionally
This may be hard to do but necessary. Another point is, rather than have managers randomly assign different days to come to office. Plan out the schedule so that it’s more intentionally productive. For example, maybe assign a few days of the week for Meetings and have everyone come into office for that day just for meetings. Assign Work from Home days for deep work etc. JustLogin Attendance will be able to help companies manage that more effectively.
3. Focus on employee-first approaches
With more than 50% of today’s workforce comprising millennials or Gen Z, companies are seeing a seismic shift in how companies retain employees. If a company’s systems are still manual or archaic chances are companies will have a harder time hiring and retaining these young employees. Companies need to start thinking of mobile and employee-first approaches.
Business owners often find redundancy in multiple apps/platforms that will need to be used. Finding a right fit solution can help ensure that businesses not only manage their operations with ease but also ensure that their new generation of employees find their workplace current. For example, they can utilise JustLogin solution like the Mobile App. JustLogin Mobile App allows employees to handle HR matters wherever they are – at home, on the bus, or at a cafe. Whether they have to apply leave, download their payslips or look up their colleagues’ contact, it’s all there in their pocket.
4. Embrace digitalisation
Going digital and constantly innovating also helps keep the organisation competitive. To keep employees working efficiently and productively, employers must equip their people with the right tools. Being connected digitally helps employees to continue working in a team and across teams and continually innovate to deliver the best outcomes. Having a digitally transformed organisation not only helps improve business processes but also creates value for all stakeholders.
In this hybrid work environment, it’s more crucial than ever to adopt digitalisation. At JustLogin, we believe that in order to grow the economy, the necessary essentials are needed to kickstart or digitise business operations. We have seen a boom in start-up ventures over the years with the trend of businesses moving towards digitalisation and the IR4.0 era. With the advent of the gig economy, more and more companies are finding themselves hiring a mix of permanent, part-time and gig workers. This has further complicated how HR operates as they have to deal with complex HR requirements.
JustLogin’s HR Cloud is perfectly suited for this new workforce. Some of JustLogin’s features include digitised expense claims, employee time management, leave entitlements which encompass medical, compassionate and maternity, benefit management, people insights, payroll management and SafeClock, an all-in-one contactless temperature scanner, attendance tracker and door access.