There’s been a lot of recent news about return-to-office mandates and almost as much corresponding coverage about employee pushback. We’re now three years removed from the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global health emergency and the resulting work-from-home structure for many organizations and employees. As recently as last year, 61% of workers still chose not to work at their traditional offices, according to a Pew Research Center study. The “Big Return” or “Return at All” remains at the forefront of employees’ minds and also provides an opportunity for organizations to determine and reshape their cultures.
Creates an Innovative and Agile Culture
Organizations must remain agile and adaptable to the ever-changing market, economy, and world as a whole. This sets companies up for success when new market shifts and challenges occur with a proactive rather than reactive strategy. Getting stuck in the rut of a single work style makes it significantly more challenging to pivot as needed.
Additionally, in-person, hybrid, and remote environments provide work arrangements suitable for collaboration and independence. From virtual brainstorming sessions to giving workers the time to analyze their thoughts and present them confidently, there is more room for innovation to strike when we make space for independent and collaborative workstyles to thrive.
Appspace’s 2022 Digital Workplace Trends and Insights Report found the biggest challenge in remote work was a lack of camaraderie with coworkers. Although 47% of respondents mentioned this social struggle, the hybrid workplace offers a variety of opportunities for employees to socialize – especially with the right technology.
In hybrid work environments, organizations can tap into technology tools, like modern intranets and employee apps, to create communities and channels for social sharing in work environments. Even using emojis and filters in group and one-on-one meetings can create connections and add fun and humor to virtual meetings that you often expect only from in-person meetings.
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