Hybrid Teams Are Our Future
The increase in remote workers means that businesses are testing the waters. Having a flexible work schedule is in high demand with the new workforce coming in, so it is no surprise that global teams are looking for new, innovative, and creative ways to work and stay connected. There is no better time than now, especially during the new digital age, to go remote. The question is: how will hybrid teams work together in the grand scheme of things?
A Hybrid team is a 50/50 workforce comprised of flexible workers, where you have the ability to either work in the office or to work remotely and in the comfort of your own home. In most cases, the flexibility of working from your own home appeals to most employees. Many companies now offer to work from home half of the week and, the other half, work in the office, or they offer to work half days in the office and the other half at home. The innovative side of this type of workforce is becoming increasingly popular within the tech and online companies. Even with having a hybrid team, many companies still have an office, base, or headquarters that employees or potential clients can visit if that is more appealing to them.
As hybrid teams are becoming more and more popular within our new digital age, however, they can come with a lot of challenges. In a distributed team, it’s essential to make your remote workers still feel like part of the team. This means including them in brainstorming sessions, but also when sharing ideas and during everyday tasks.
Benefits of Implementing Hybrid teams
There are many benefits of implementing hybrid teams in your workplace. One of the bigger ones is that you can find and hire global talent when hiring a remote worker; this means that there is potential access to talent that may not be available locally for your company. Having a global and diverse workforce is a goal many companies hope to achieve.
Essentially, with having remote workers, flexibility in a work schedule and the opportunity to either be in the office or at home can seem like a huge privilege and a luxury. In a more traditional sense, it is easier to connect and share ideas with ease when you are in a face-to-face environment. Offices, in that instance, seem easier, but by having remote workers, you are able to connect with a global community. This is great for innovation by coming up with new and creative ideas for the company, creating diversity, and can be especially helpful if you have clients in different time zones.
Happy employees lead to increased loyalty. Allowing employees to pick and choose the work environment they work best in can increase the productivity and happiness of the employee when working for your company. In the end, this will result in an increase in loyalty. Whether the employee may work best in a co-curricular environment or from their home office, they can still accomplish the same amount of work. This can also create a more loyal relationship between the employer and employee as the work is results-based. It also means team members can work at the time of the day when they’re most productive, as everyone’s chronotype is different.
In the future, hybrid teams will become the new norm. Managing a hybrid team means remembering that remote and in-office employees will have different work experiences. Maintaining a strong communication relationship is essential to help your remote workers still feel like part of the team. Use technology to its utmost potential. Hosting a virtual meeting, brainstorming sessions, and all-staff meetings will help keep employees productive, accountable, and connected with your company.