A little trust can go a long way

Countless employers still don’t trust their people to do their best work unless they’re physically in the office. But while managers may be struggling to adjust to our new hybrid world, this perception is a long way from the truth.

Despite the shift in work trends, numerous companies remain skeptical about their employees' productivity unless they are physically in the office. However, this perspective must align with reality as managers grapple with adapting to the emerging hybrid work model.

Global studies indicate that the enhanced flexibility offered by remote and hybrid working often leads to a notable increase in productivity. Despite this, some organizations are reverting to an office-exclusive policy.

In response to the upheavals of recent years, employers may be hoping that reinstating office work will stimulate a post-pandemic surge in productivity.

However, considering the morale boost, increased innovation, and enhanced collaboration exhibited by hybrid workers (compared to pre-pandemic levels), this could be a misguided move.

Unfavorable Outcomes of Excessive Monitoring

Several companies have escalated their employee surveillance in an attempt to gauge performance. Yet, this is often viewed as an Orwellian strategy that backfires, leading to reduced productivity, erosion of trust, disheartened teams, and a sense of division.

Businesses need to understand their performance and select appropriate metrics to monitor productivity. However, this process should not result in employees feeling like they're merely gears in a corporate machine.

So, what's the optimal solution?

Here are a few key recommendations for cultivating a productive and successful hybrid work environment:

  • Advocate for individualized work styles that best suit each employee
  • Develop appropriate methods for assessing performance – without fostering a culture of incessant scrutiny
  • Automate repetitive tasks to unleash your team's creativity
  • Provide everyone with the necessary tools and technology to perform their job proficiently. This might involve electing the proper devices, utilizing communication tools that facilitate collaboration, and making appropriate connectivity decisions.

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If you're finding it challenging to adapt to the hybrid work landscape, don't hesitate to reach out – we're here to support you.

Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.