As we move forward past the 2020 pandemic, employees are looking for continued work-life flexibility. This is a big part of what’s driving the trend of hybrid teams for many organizations.
A split workforce can present its own set of challenges and employee engagement efforts have to be adjusted to build a culture of inclusion. HR will be a crucial part of bridging the gap between remote and hybrid employees.
Here are 3 ways to maintain employee engagement in a hybrid workforce.
Revisit Your Core Values
Take time to reflect on how challenges or events may have impacted your organization. There may have been times when unprecedented circumstances affected how you were able to operate. Re-establishing what your core values are as an organization can help to create a sense of camaraderie amongst employees.
Oftentimes, when disasters occur, it can lead to setbacks and confusion within the company; this causes a disconnect between your workforce and their purpose. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced many businesses to work remotely, people had to quickly adapt to the changes. Many struggled with the transition, which lead to lack of productivity.
Assessing your core values can be a powerful way to re-engage a hybrid workforce, and connect your remote and in-person teams with the organization.
Ask Employees For Input
Gathering feedback from employees is an important way to accurately assess how they are feeling and where they are struggling.
Surveys are a great way to tap into real-time problems and trending issues within the workplace. These should also be extended to remote employees. The goal should be to quickly gather information that could potentially have a negative impact on your business.
Understanding how your employees are feeling will help to provide a more efficient and effective solution, as well as a chance for your hybrid team to provide truthful feedback.
The more frequently you’re able to assess your employees, the better you’ll be able to make decisions that will help keep your employees and organization successful.
Extend Employee Development Opportunities
Remote employees can present an “out of sight out of mind” mindset for in-office staff. It’s important to build a culture of inclusion to help foster trust and commitment within the workplace that ultimately contributes to company success. Extending equal opportunities to both in-person and remote employees will help bridge the gap between the two.
Employee development opportunities also better equip teams with the skills they need to be successful in their role. Encouraging a learning environment gives companies a competitive edge, with the ability to retain top talent.
No one wants a dead end job with no growth in sight. Employee development is a long term investment. Your employees will reward you with productivity, loyalty, and engagement.
Managing A Hybrid Workforce
The rising trend of flexibility within the workforce doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Businesses will also be facing new challenges and need to assess how they can plan for the future.
Establishing a collaborative and inclusive nature will help provide the support and motivation employees need to keep productive.
With the proper communication tools and strong leadership, a hybrid team can be successful within any organization.