Over the past few years, remote working has become more normal. This means that stigma attached to working from home or those who work from home has largely shifted. Now, organizations realize that their employees have the ability to be productive, no matter where they work from. What they need to be effective are the right collaboration tools.
Hybrid working is becoming more normal. Many employees have started preferring working from home as well. There is a need to invest time when it comes to developing strategies related to working in a hybrid workspace. There is also a need to ensure that the growing force of employees who work from home don’t feel any inferiority when compared to working from the office.
In order for hybrid work to truly succeed, organizations need to develop the proper framework, technology and invest in collaborative tools that make working from home feasible.
Here are the top predictions when it comes to collaborations for the year 2022:
1. Productivity can happen anywhere
Due to remote working, employees now have the ability to be productive from anywhere. Hybrid working has become the working arrangement in many places due to the pandemic. Businesses need to provide an equitable working experience both to those working in the office as well as those working remotely.
Due to the rise of hybrid workspaces, asynchronous work practices need to be adopted as well. This will affect how businesses hire people and can lead to them tapping into a global and more diverse pool of workers.
2. Reimagining office spaces
Since more employees are working remotely, businesses are turning to cost-effective approaches to managing office spaces. More and more businesses are adding video-enabled features to their office spaces. Huddle rooms are being developed where people can gather and brainstorm. These spaces can also be used to work on collaborative projects or even to celebrate achievements.
The growth of an on-demand approach, where employees come to the office as needed, and work remotely otherwise, is also developing.
3. Data analytics and the workspace
Artificial intelligence and data analytics will be used to boost employee productivity and aid in their safety as well. IT departments in various businesses will turn to data insights to gain a more objective look at employee productivity. These insights can be gained both when an employee works from the office or if they work remotely.
Such insights can better help businesses gauge what technological investments they may need to improve their hybrid workspace. Office managers will also need to identify how many employees work at the office to minimize wasted space.
4. Adding collaborative tools
Businesses will also need to turn to technology to make their hybrid workspaces more efficient. People working from the office should be capable of connecting with people working remotely, if necessary. For this reason, all employees should have access to tools that boost collaboration.
Employees should also know how to get in touch with each other when the need arises. Employees working remotely should be enabled with the technology to come next with teams in the office, as necessary.
5. Hiring practices
How people work is evolving, and as a result, so is how people are being hired. Businesses no longer have to limit who they hire to geographical areas but can turn to a global talent pool instead. This will make it easier for businesses to find top experts in different fields.
Potential employees also get the opportunity to look for work across the world. The development of hybrid workspaces is likely to have an impact on hiring practices, causing HR teams to turn to talent to fill roles appropriately.
Technological investments and the development of the hybrid workspace
Going forward, businesses are likely to invest in technology and collaboration tools that are designed to improve the experience of employees working onsite as well as remotely. More emphasis will be placed on technology that leads to minimal disruptions.
Limitations pertaining to business travels and meeting in person led to more people adopting videos as a way to communicate. This trend is likely to continue, and businesses may adopt high-quality video solutions. This will, in turn, lead to the demand for professional technology and collaboration tools that can boost productivity among both office and remote workers.
Trends pertaining to hybrid workspaces mainly center around businesses adopting better technology, tools, and workplace practices, to boost productivity. Remote working is likely to continue. Businesses will focus on using the right collaborative technology to boost workplace productivity both in the office as well as among those working remotely.