Hybrid Office Structure
Work from home positions are proliferating the workforces of many businesses post-pandemic, especially staffing firms. The hybrid office model serves to incorporate work from home practices into traditional business structures. Before the pandemic, few companies predominantly used remote working. This is largely a new territory for employers and employees alike. This stresses the importance of diligent management and design in a successful hybrid remote work environment. Our team at blueStone Staffing Solutions explains how to properly handle a transition to the hybrid office structure.
A New Frontier
As previously mentioned, the hybrid office model is relatively new to many businesses that are beginning to integrate them. To many, this open frontier presents many exciting possibilities to explore and capitalize on. However, this pioneering comes at the cost of little to no support from tried and true methods. Adaptability is a key element to the hybrid office model and provides the solutions to newly discovered problems that the lack of by-the-book methods cannot solve. A company must ensure that its team members are capable of overcoming obstacles presented by remote work and balancing the aspects of physical office space so that the hybrid office model employed there can work efficiently.
With the role of managing a hybrid office work environment comes the responsibility of taming some of that unknown frontier, disseminating it, and communicating it clearly to the team members. The structure of the hybrid office model may be ever changing, but giving clear expectations help to make operations successful. Policies outlining remote work expectations can help ensure professional behavior. This will also aid efficient output of employees settling into their work from home position. A reflection of the company management’s grasp on this exploratory alternative work practice can bring a sense of security and trusted guidance to the team, allowing them to perform as efficiently and safely as they can.
Advancements in technology have made working from home and the positions that come with it a possibility. That which powers remote work also poses a great risk. Diligently weave cybersecurity into the hybrid office model to mitigate any risks to the businesses integrity. In order to avoid the potential risks involved with remote work, teach employees to make safe online habits. Training programs can help team members to have a smooth transition to remote work. Explaining the nature of phishing scams and password security can help to prevent breaches in company or personal data. Engaging in remote work on secure networks, by using a VPN or a private network, and antivirus software will greatly reduce the risk of compromising the integrity of the company. Ensure that the software used to conduct hybrid office activity is secure and private. Just like how one would expect their physical office to be.
Considering the unique challenges employees working from home is a vital aspect of remote work and management. A major risk to remote work is the degradation of work/life boundaries caused by sharing a location to both live and work in. While blueStone recommends that remote work be done at home, we feel it very important to establish separate areas for work and life. Being able to escape your office after work is over lets you reset your mind and body for the next day in a comfortable space. Another risk stems from this nontraditional work practice. Virtual engagement and activity can take a toll on employees in high volume. Attending long meetings and virtual projects can subject a team member to burnout, so managing this strain with breaks and alternative accommodations can help alleviate the unique stressors of virtual work.
blueStone Staffing is a Certified Woman-Owned IT Staffing Company. We were founded in 2002. One of North America’s premier staffing firms, we assist mid-tier to Fortune 500 clients. We find talented candidates that can help complete your project on time and within budget. Our company is transforming the staffing industry. blueStone has excelled over the last 19 years, becoming the vendor of choice for many of the Fortune 1000 companies located in the United States. We hope to be the consultant that you trust your professional IT project needs to! We will surround you with meaningful attention. Our team creates long-term relationships with our clients, candidates, and associates. In brief, we help great people execute their vision.
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