Are you ready and geared up to get back to work? Are you chomping at the bit to move forward to a new sense of normalcy?
As we return to work, many professionals are seeing signs and signals of transformation. Embrace these 3 elements and create a new path for success.
Encourage Hybrid Teams
In the last year, virtual work from a home office became the new norm. Now, as we head forward, the trend towards hybrid teams is becoming the new normal.
According to a recent article in Harvard Business Review (HBR), many organizations are embracing hybrid-working arrangements. Many employees prefer to work from home offices. This enables them to avoid commutes, focus on creative work, and stay close to family. At the same time, other people are anxious to return to the social contact of the onsite office. These employees are seeking a stronger social network, better technology, and a focus on a full-on work environment.
In the movement towards hybrid arrangements, many teams are grappling with multiple issues. Scheduling can be a challenge. Keeping everyone informed and involved is another top concern. Issues of power imbalances may impede the free flow of creativity.
If you are seeing the trend towards hybrid arrangements in your business, you can smooth the way. Aside from educating yourself about the ins and outs of hybrid teams, you can take practical steps to ease the transition.
These are likely to include:
- Stay connected
Find out specific concerns, issues, and needs. Explore how to listen to everyone’s perspective before creating specific policies.
- Promote equality
In some organizations, the best technology is at headquarters. Strive to promote equal access to new technology and connectivity. Offer home office assistant to help remote workers achieve maximum efficiency and comfort.
- Be inclusive
Make an extra effort to include everyone in updates, insights, and policies. Include everyone in meetings, check-points, and project developments. With a little effort towards inclusion, you can gain a big impact on collaboration.
- Share Ideas
Everyone is dealing with the issues that come from a hybrid setup. Ask employees to share their ideas for creativity and productivity. Have team meetings specifically to share adaptations that people are making to enhance their workflow.
Whether you’re working in an organization or part of a small business, it’s vital to manage expenses.
Many organizations are realizing that they are heading towards a radical increase in IT spending. It’s easy to say, ‘it’s on the cloud’ without realizing that there is a way to reduce costs and streamline processes.
Smart organizations are prioritizing cloud expense management. This covers diverse areas as:
- Actively reduce cloud costs
Do you know what your cloud spending is? Are you holding business units responsible for their expenses?
- Boost team productivity
Can you eliminate time-consuming and brain-numbing manual entry? Are your teams wasting time deciphering bills, processing invoices, and allocating costs?
- Get full transparency
Can you create an automated single-point of view for all cloud expenses, usage, and inventories?
As you cloud management, you’ll find exciting opportunities to save money, increase efficiency, and support your teams to do their most creative work.
Be Earth Friendly
An increasing number of people are focused on ethics, eco-friendly practices, and sustainability. You can make ethics a core part of your brand, and it’s never been more important.
Having a sense of ethics, care for the earth, and active attention towards sustainability gives everyone a sense of meaning. With our climate in crisis, many people are examining how to be more earth-friendly in their business.
This is not only a question for global organizations. It’s also a key aspect for solo entrepreneurs, mom-and-pop businesses, and small businesses.
As you examine your business in the new normal, look for ways to support the environment. Explore how you and your team can adopt new practices that lower your carbon footprint.
Many of the ideas and best practices are offered by the United Nations and World Health Organization. Check out the guidelines for sustainability and see where your company can put these into action.
Going forward, use your skills to encourage hybrid working, manage expenses, and be earth-friendly. You’ll quickly be successful as a new normal.