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There is currently a lot of discussion about hybrid working models. Since the pandemic forced most companies to enable remote working, nearly 83% of employees say they prefer this to a traditional office workplace. However, startups that got off the ground during and just before the pandemic are facing an interesting situation. The entire business model of most new companies is based on remote working, but now there is a very real possibility that office working days will soon be feasible again.
So this leads us to the question of how startups can successfully bring their business to the office, while retaining the flexibility and productivity gains that can come from a work-from-home model. Hybrid work models have their own pros and cons, but there are a few ways founders can successfully start migrating to a hybrid environment.
How can startups successfully bring their business to the office while maintaining the flexibility and productivity of remote working? Follow the tips below:
1. Plan your office space accordingly
Office space is typically one of the most important business expenses. However, it is crucial to find that Goldilocks is a trade-off between having enough space to work comfortably without having too much or too little space.
Fortunately, companies like Hubble and GoSpace have rolled out solutions that startups can use. GoSpace uses AI to help founders visualize different workspace scenarios to find a safe, efficient and affordable environment.
Hubble offers flexible plans for on-demand access to coworking spaces. This gives you and your team the opportunity to book office space as needed.
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2. Make attendance policies clear and traceable
Before trying to change anything, make sure you have a defined plan for how you want to handle office presence. Plan it based on your team’s needs and give your employees a lot of input before finalizing.
The easiest way to make this transition work is to implement a common time attendance system that employees can use remotely and in the office. This makes it easier for you to keep track of productivity stats and morale as well.
However you choose hybrid workplace presence, make it crystal clear for all employees before implementation, so there is no confusion or frustration.
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3. Create a supportive and hybrid-friendly office environment
Coming to the office should never feel like a chore or punishment. Think of ways to create an efficient, healthy and collaborative office space that supports in-person and virtual work.
For example, having dedicated collaboration meeting rooms for virtual and face-to-face meetings makes it easier for everyone to focus on the task at hand.
On the other hand, you should also consider employees who need private or quiet spaces to perform tasks. Having a few closed rooms or dedicated quiet areas can be helpful when employees need deep focus.
4. Implement high-quality onboarding solutions for better team integration
Good performance management is essential for the long-term success and satisfaction of employees. Your team should feel empowered and welcomed by your onboarding processes.
It’s worth the investment to find high-quality, comprehensive onboarding solutions that are streamlined, secure, and easy to use. Consider technology that enables cross-platform authentication and has a mobile-friendly design so team members anywhere in the world can be quickly verified, whether they are remote or in person.
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5. Keep your business data safe inside and outside the office
Cybercrime continues to pose a significant risk to remote and hybrid work models. Startups are especially vulnerable here, because they often have little experience with properly securing sensitive data.
Whether your team is in the office or accessing your network at home, it’s essential to include a comprehensive, traceable security system that’s easy to manage for hybrid workers.
Many corporate data breaches happen accidentally through compliance gaps or human error, so having a solid plan in place before adopting a hybrid work model can help keep sensitive data safe, no matter who’s in the office or working remotely that day.