As the post-Covid era reality hits the business world, business leaders and entrepreneurs are leaning on different strategies to meet the needs and expectations of their employees. Thus, businesses are transitioning into the hybrid work model. While there is a growing number of companies and individuals adopting the new work model, many employees are struggling to embrace this new era.
The last two years have revealed different obstacles, causing many companies to create new strategies and approaches to work. However, many employees are still struggling to overcome the obstacles of transitioning. For some employees, the new model and culture is a sudden shift, and they are not getting the best out of it. .
Conversely, hybrid work provides employees the opportunities to improve their wellbeing and increase mobility and performance. However, these benefits tend to vary based on your organization, type of business or team. Several challenges such as lack of communication, collaboration and team management may spring up and this may negatively impact the workflow.
Based on a survey from business consulting firm Bain & Company, just 22% of employees feel connected to their coworkers and leadership during corporate transitions. Hence, hybrid work is a great way to bridge the gap of communication and isolation in the corporate world. This way, top talents can have a one-on-one, meaningful relationship with new talents.
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Moreover, communication and connection are crucial elements in every company. Healthy connections can improve a company's overall results. Hybrid work has benefitted many companies and helped them foster a sense of connection among their employees. Moreover, having physical meetings with your team also bridges different kinds of disparity. Physical meetings ensure that no one misses out on essential updates. This way, everyone's preference is prioritized before developing new policies or methods.
Even as employees resume in their workplace, anxiety and depression is widespread. It’s common knowledge that many people suffered from anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. On this note, there are chances that many employees may be anxious about resuming onsite. For instance, you may be scared of contracting covid when you get back to work. Similarly, individuals who have once contacted the virus may be overly anxious about recontracting the virus. Regardless of your fears or worries, you can salvage the situation and feel a lot more comfortable about resuming. While your
workplace will implement new cleaning protocols to prevent the transmission of the virus, you should engage in personal practices. This may include seeing your physician to discuss your worries before resuming work. You may also need to consider discussing with your HR to discuss your fears and what may be off limits for you. Furthermore, having an extensive conversation with your colleagues on safety measures, mental health and overall wellbeing can be of help.
As the world moves into the future, new challenges and models will arise, but we must keep in mind potential solutions and continue looking for policies that will make our work environment a healthy place for all.
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