For businesses to benefit from the hybrid model, employees need to be equipped with high quality technology—allowing them to stay engaged and productive.
With the Great Resignation predicted to continue for the next for two to three years, it’s clear that now is the time for businesses to wake up to the importance of attracting and retaining the best talent. Since its wide implementation over the past few years, many employees no longer see hybrid working as an added benefit—they expect it. However, for businesses to benefit from the hybrid model, employees need to be equipped with high quality technology—allowing them to stay engaged and productive.
Although offering hybrid working is now crucial to attract employees,65 percent of employers are concerned (opens in new tab) about workforce management issues that will occur when switching to a permanent hybrid model. When equipped with low-quality tools, this hesitance is understandable; jolted video, fuzzy audio and a lack of visibility can all reduce the quality of collaborative work and cause employees to disengage from tasks. However, by upgrading old tech and providing employees with intuitive tools – hybrid can be more powerful than ever.
We know happy employees are engaged ones, with research from the University of Oxford finding that happy workers are 13 percent more productive. To maintain this productivity while teams work remotely, technology is key. Whether that be by using AI integrated cameras to lock on to a speaker, blending remote and in-person meetings with video conferencing systems or simply by offering headsets that help employees be heard: engagement is crucial for warding off the Great Resignation.
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Collaboration is King
This type of technology can help to ensure that all employees, whether remote or in-person, get the same quality experience. If there is a divide between the two groups of people, for example with only in-person team members being able to see and write on a whiteboard during a brainstorm, projects can become disjointed, and remote team members can become disengaged. Hybrid working requires strong team collaboration, and by investing in their ability to collaborate, businesses can ensure they’re doing their bit to ensure productivity in the hybrid work environment.