Rethinking the Workplace to Support Productivity and Wellbeing with Hybrid Working

Organisations want to drive productivity and performance – but they also have to look after their employees. It’s time for a rethink of the workplace experience.

With hybrid working fast becoming the norm, more and more people are spending some of their week working remotely (typically from home) and some of it in the office.

That presents challenges for organisations – and employees.

Wellbeing Under Pressure

Many workers find hybrid emotionally draining. Switching workspaces, changing schedules and multiple daily meetings can add to stress. In a global study by Tinypulse, an employee engagement platform, 80% of people leaders reported this flexible model was exhausting for employees.

As employment law specialist Jemma Fairclough-Haynes explains in this video, making good use of technology in the workplace matters for wellbeing.

Rethink, Rework and Redesign Your Workplace

For employees to be both productive and feeling good, they need the hybrid workplace to be right.

The smart organisation will be giving this matter a lot of thought. Thinking about what their people need to make things work in this new model of working. Thinking about how they can rework or redesign the workspace. Thinking about what’s needed now – and may be needed in a year or two.

There are many, many smart technology solutions that organisations could invest in – including video displays, audio, cameras and seamless meeting connectivity. It’s important to make good decisions and minimise risk.

Minimise Your Risk

The advice from Ascentae is to start small. Invest in a little technology first. Test it. Gather some data. Review how it’s all working. Adjust and repeat.

The more you invest in technology which is easy to expand and upgrade over time, the better. It can help prevent excess costs later.

A good starting point for any organisation is a desk booking solution like GoBright. It allows employees to choose a place to sit, such as near a colleague for easier collaboration. It allows employers to manage and monitor the use of space.

Once an organisation has a better understanding of how people are using the workspace, they can begin to make changes to create an even better experience for their people, including Intelligent Meeting Rooms and tools for effective Visual Collaboration.

Author: Michael Wilcox