The times we live in seem to be getting more hectic and unpredicted than ever. The so-called 4th industrial revolution may be one reason, but there are other factors at play as well.
The latest pandemic and the ensuing consequences have shattered many a stigma, for better or for worse.
In terms of business operations, this basically means that remote work is changing the rules of the game rapidly and in more ways than one.
It is, therefore, crucial to adapt, and adapt fast, so as to get access to a quality workforce that won’t compromise with their values. One good way to start is — to pick a hybrid, remote or even digital nomad work model.
Different Hybrid Work Models
Yes, there are more ways to go about hybrid work, meaning that every business may pick the most suitable model.
Let’s take a look at the available options:
- Almost entirely on premises – limited remote work, large office space the majority of managers and workers
- Almost entirely off premises – mostly remote work with no office space
- Partially remote work, with flexible office space – no permanent offices; rented flex space used for periodic collaboration (but not connectivity)
- Partially remote work, large office space – the majority of managers and workers spend most, but not all, of their time at the office
- Partially remote work, multiple hubs – multiple offices with the workforce dispersed among them
- Multiple microhubs – management and employees are dispersed across small microhubs located in different cities and countries
And if we go a step more, some members of your team may want to make this a more permanent working arrangement by moving around to be digital nomads. In fact, working and living abroad is something that many people have on their bucket lists. If your team can work remotely, just keep in mind that they can work just about anywhere with a good Wi-Fi connection!
Simply pick one that serves your business needs best and welcome new people to the team with open arms.
Pay Attention to Your Team’s Health
Let’s start with the simplest and most obvious aim — ensuring that your employees are healthy and, thereby, satisfied (mens sana in corpore sano, anyone?).
To be sure, different people have different standards but it rarely happens that a healthy initiative instigated by the company is looked down on. Many businesses nowadays encourage a wellness time and offer special benefits to their employees.
Even the simplest things count — putting a bowl with fresh fruit in every office surely can’t be that difficult or expensive, especially not knowing that employees always will always have a healthy snack handy.
If you can, furnish your office with standing desks. They will help the employees avoid leg cramps and back pain and help them establish healthier habits over time.
Get With the New Tech for Frontline Employees
Everyone knows how difficult it is to track employee’s hours, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. With so many things to keep in mind in order for a business to operate at its full capacity, it would be a total waste not to use the benefits of new tech.
Managing frontline employees can prove particularly difficult even for middle businesses unless technology is used to ease the process.
Finally, the very frontline employees are certain to be more engaged when things are made easier for them, but keep in mind that proper training may be necessary when new apps are being introduced.
Develop Better Methods for Employee Onboarding
Employee onboarding is a complex process but necessary nevertheless. Keep in mind that not only new hires fall into this category; transfer employees should also be kept up to date.
The first and most important aspect of this process is to provide detailed insights into the company culture, closely followed by ensuring that all new hires have the tools they need to succeed.
Whenever necessary, provide training so that people are given the possibility to reach their full bloom and boost overall engagement in their respective teams.
Here are some ideas on which methods to use:
- Provide HR orientation and follow it with an office tour
- Communicate the basics clearly and only then move to more complex expectations
- Connect new hires and transfer employees with mentors
- Establish goals, making sure they are not same for everyone (some people prefer challenges while others look forward to attainable goals they’re confident they can live up to)
- Keep communication alive
- Listen to employee feedback
Build a Sustainability Team
Finally, sustainability is the new sexy. It is almost unbearable how everyone is an expert nowadays, but that still doesn’t mean that an effort shouldn’t be made.
Building a sustainability team is a good way to engage employees and make this planet a happier place for everyone (not to mention capitalize on the trends).
Here is an insight into some of the most notable benefits of sustainability:
- Easy EV charger maintenance
- Reduced costs of energy
- Increased sales through promotions
- Societal impact
- Tax incentives
- Better morale
- Innovative mindset
Everything considered, there are many things businesses can do to boost their results and engage employees in 2022. Some initiatives will take root faster, others slower, but all of them will certainly bring forth positive change.
Remember to listen to employee feedback for the best results!