If we’ve learnt anything from the global pandemic, it’s that adaptability is everything – especially in business.
Heralding a new way of working Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Leo Varadkar, is planning to introduce a new law which will allow employees to request remote working as a permanent fixture. This forms part of his vision for a “whole new world of work”
Furthermore, to futureproof the mental health and wellbeing of the remote workforce, it includes an ‘admissible code of practice’ on the right to “disconnect from work”. This promotes switching off from digital devices including; phone calls, emails and online conference calls.
Like many leaders, Varadkar believes that hybrid working offers the perfect balance and flexibility to employees. So then, what is hybrid working and how can your business benefit and be ready?
It may not be new, but hybrid working is set to be one of the big business trends of the year. Simply put, it’s the combination of office working and remote working – allowing employees to enjoy the benefits of both worlds. After all, while many of us have enjoyed the flexibility of home working of late, it’s clear that the human touch is greatly missed.
With the new legislation afoot, this flexible approach will transform the way we work forever, removing the nine-to-five in place of a more strategic approach to working. Something the ‘gig economy’ has enjoyed with great success already.
There will be less emphasis on working hours, and more focus on the outcomes achieved. This will be a welcome move to many employees who have long struggled with inflexible hours, especially trying to juggle a work-life balance, or childcare.
As experts in business coaching, consulting and communications, the team at TalentHub have been preparing clients for this shakeup. Least of all since many clients have indicated that the hybrid model is their preference going forward.
With a head-start on this trend, TalentHub have identified the following insights and offered guidance around being ‘hybrid working ready’ for businesses.
As more businesses adopt the hybrid working model, they’ll need to find a way to bring teams together while apart. Collaboration will be key to this, and businesses will need to consider how they transform physical environments and online hubs to optimise productivity. This might include creating more ‘huddle rooms’ to encourage collaboration.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has become far more accessible in recent years, making it both a feasible and economical solution for companies to optimise. Be it robots that can manage day-to-day admin to free up managers, or automated systems using face detection that create a seamless experience, AI has certainly come of age, and now is the time to embrace it.
Still not convinced? Research shows that over half of all businesses using AI have found it to boost productivity.
Remote working heavily relies upon the right tools to allow teams to be productive. Technology fuels this growth, and it has never been more essential for businesses to ensure their teams and offices are equipped with the necessary tools for easy collaboration. Investment in technology is needed to upgrade the experience for every worker, wherever they are based.
Organisations will need to embrace digital tools such as teleconferencing. From cloud storage to software, the ‘As-a-Service’ model will make enterprise grade teleconferencing hardware more accessible in the workplace. This is only set to grow, as more ‘accessories’ become available to support the service, from headsets and speakerphones to video bars and only value-added additions.
This brings great value to remote workers, as well as businesses wanting to maintain the same level of service to clients and employees wherever they may be based.
The new world order we find ourselves is in here to stay. Covid-19 has accelerated change at a pace that could never have been predicted. And so, businesses that want to navigate the new normal will need to adapt, invest and move with the changes as quickly as they come about.
Underscoring all of this is the new legislation being introduced by the government, to cement remote working as a permanent fixture, forcing many businesses to consider a hybrid approach to working if they haven’t already.