Over the past three years, resilience and adaptability made their way onto the buzzword red carpet. But more than trendy terms, they became essential skills that helped us navigate through a rapidly changing world.
Employees prefer a hybrid workplace, making coming back to the office gain in popularity. This brings challenges for both you as an employer and your employees. You must learn how to make hybrid work a success while your employees are looking for tips for maintaining work-life balance while working hybrid.
You read that right. Going back to the office can and should fulfill the innate human need for socialization, and just like a favorite snack, we also have cravings for those interactions.
Social connections in the workspace enable strong work relations, which benefits worker well-being. They increase happiness and engagement while decreasing stress levels.
It is a win-win-win situation, and if employers can facilitate that, it’s even better!
Creating an appealing office environment is crucial to encouraging employees to return to the office. We gathered practical tips based on our experience and client conversations.
It is unpleasant to come to the office and be overloaded with online meetings & deadlines that overlap. This creates stress & anxiety for employees and takes away the social aspect of being in the office.
Therefore, consider organizing free-meeting Mondays, for example, or facilitate the possibility for coworkers to book and protect focus times. That way, it will be way more pleasant for employees to return to the office.
Convenience is the ultimate reason someone wants to work from home. Employees can manage their time way more efficiently. While working, they can also do basic household tasks.
Knowing that you still have to go to the shop, cook dinner, clean the house, and wash your clothes... brings a lot of stress. By taking over basic household chores, employees can focus more on their job instead of thinking about what they still need to do at home.
Discover more tips & examples about supporting employees in everyday things in our ebook 4+1 Proven Steps To Get More Employees To The Office.
Take a look in the mirror and be fully honest with yourself. Is your office a place that encourages efficiency and fun?
It starts with giving your office a look your company stands for. For example, consider a design that employees invite to be creative. This begins with looking at the right light and ensuring enough greenery is present.
Also, foresee lounges for brainstorming instead of dull boardrooms. You can’t assume your employees will be productive for 8 hours at a stretch. Hence, providing areas where people can relax and unwind is essential.
Suppose you want to bring back your collaborators to the office and harvest the benefits of a more social environment. Employee collaboration will be fundamental to building these solid work relations in that case.
There are several approaches to establishing that; you can find examples and cases online. But let us cut some of the work for you and give you a good head start:
Expand your talent pool and reinforce recognition by pairing experienced and new collaborators together. By having a clear planning and mentorship format, Sodexo successfully achieved that, ensuring increased employee skill, self-confidence, and retention rates.
Go further than a mere happy hour and assign your collaborators to organize team buildings that are both work and non-work related. Harness from benefits of those two aspects. A problem-solving activity can help workers develop skills, but a show-and-tell can make people bond.
“Come for the food and stay for the fun.” Here is where you can make a difference in deciding whether a collaborator chooses the office over the home. Remote working is very convenient, so if you can offer extra convenience in the workplace, that can be substantial in decision-making. From offering breakfast to helping with daycare for children, every help counts.
As you bring employees back to the office and focus on fostering social engagement, Tribeloo can help you manage and optimize workspaces. With our support, you can concentrate on the well-being of your employees as they return to a more collaborative environment.