Whether you’re operating in a physical space, fully online, or somewhere in between, there is no denying that due to the pandemic we are in an unprecedented period of transformation in the world of workplace strategy. In many ways, the outbreak of COVID-19 served as the exclamation point at the end of radical upheaval in how people work. The pandemic spurred structural and process changes globally and brought all themes surrounding workplace strategies, such as remote work, open-plan offices, and workplace wellness, coalesced into the single unified theme of hybrid working.
Many businesses turned towards technologies to weather the dramatic change that the pandemic brought with it. According to a recent Salesforce report, 71% of growing small businesses survived the pandemic by using digital tools. While the inclusion of new technological tools is helping move businesses forward, ensuring that employees are actively using and comprehending them is another story.
But as the pandemic ebbs and flows, and more companies announce defined remote or hybrid workplace arrangements and timelines, it is only natural for some employees to have mixed emotions about their work environment. That’s why it falls upon organizations to ensure competent workplace communication and collaboration solutions that enable seamless work experience both onsite and remote.
Disruption and Innovation in Configuration: Supporting the Hybrid Workforce
The pandemic has resulted in the rise of remote and hybrid workspaces, the challenges and complexities will continue to grow but another facet that it brought is acceleration in the transition from traditional IT to "everything-as-a-service." It's a change that's already widely accepted and embraced, a few of the accepted changes are listed below.
Team collaboration tools or team collaboration software play a central role in any flexible work environment, making sure that everyone is on the same page, helping to avoid miscommunication, and tracking progress on common projects, independent of physical location. The collaboration tools include cloud storage, document synchronization, file-sharing tools, instant messaging, and online whiteboards, to name a few.
Smart Building Solutions
To create efficient hybrid workplaces innovative and smart building solutions have become a must-have. Be it spatial intelligence, safety & security, health & hygiene, or work environment upgrade, everything is being driven by leading-edge technologies like IoT, AI, cloud, big data, etc. Keeping workplace experience as the top priority, the tech-enabled solutions help increase employee productivity and offer better building efficiency. Using IoT along with AI-driven cloud, nhance facilitates smart building transformation to help organizations create a productive and healthy workplace ecosystem.
As we move into the future with smart & hybrid workplaces, the discussion is no longer on whether to deploy these technologies or not, instead, it’s about how to leverage the right mix of technology to access and maximize the capabilities of the cloud while protecting critical data and running workloads. Leveraging the power of digitization has become a mandate to enhance the employee experience and improve the workplace environment. Adoption of technology-based solutions will not only drive better business outcomes but also deliver faster value and sustainable ROI.
There’s no doubt that the hybrid work paradigm has provided a slew of cost-cutting advantages and management options that boost workspace use. One such example is the inclusion of cloud-based SaaS (Software as a Service), solutions that allow collaborators to work on projects in real-time, no matter where they are. By implementing the right SaaS applications based on the company’s specific needs, whether that’s building collaborative functional teams or creating an intelligent workspace Saas can help in offering quicker development and a superior workplace experience.
As organizations look to embrace a long-term hybrid model, it's up to business leaders to implement the culture, processes, and technologies that empower this kind of modern workforce and create a workplace that’s flexible enough to adapt to the working style. Workplaces will keep evolving as the work evolves, but with the right technologies and tools at disposal, any organization can adapt and continue to thrive in this new normal. All that is needed is a focus on creating a culture, space, and environment that’s agile and continually revising approach to this the next normal in working.
At nhance, we specialize in building capabilities for businesses in a dynamic environment with intelligent workplace solutions. If you are looking to transform your workplace to empower your hybrid workforce, contact us at nhance.ai.