More and more organizations are coming around to the idea that remote working is viable long-term model for their business. Since early 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, many businesses were forced to go remote, and for the next year we grew accustomed to it – some people missed the office and felt less productive, whereas others enjoyed the new arrangement and became more productive than before.
We spoke with TechQuarters, a London-based business that provides IT support for small business.They helped many of their customers quickly adapt to remote working at the start of the pandemic, and now they are helping business adapt to the new working trend, Hybrid work.
What is Hybrid work?
Hybrid work is the practice of enabling employees to work both from home and in the office, and making surecolleagues can collaborate seamlessly no matter where they are all working from. This includes the implementation of various technologies – for example, as part of their range ofLondon IT services,TechQuarters helps their customers implement Cloud technologies which makes it easier for users to access company resources remotely, whilst maintaining a high degree of cyber security.
Benefits and Challenges of Hybrid Work
One of the main challenges of hybrid working is communication. If you and your colleagues are used to communicating within the office, adapting to more indirect channels of communication can be difficult – let’s say some of you are in the office whilst some of your team are working remotely; it is important that you don’t leave your remote colleagues out of important communications. Moreover, meetings must also be adapted to include remote colleagues.
Another challenge of hybrid working is remote working conditions. Some users may opt to work from home due to distance from work or a personal circumstance, but their at-home setup is not sufficient for working from home.
Security is also a major concern for hybrid working. If not properly setup, hybrid working can open up vulnerabilities in a business’ network. Users that are using personal computers for work may be inadvertently weakening the company’s network perimeter, and risking data getting lost over unsecured networks. This is why it is important to have the right technology implemented. TechQuarters always ensure they implement the business IT support Londonorganizations need to safely enable hybrid working, whilst upholding the highest level of security for all users, whether they’re remote or in the office.
One of the biggest benefits of hybrid work for businesses can be the reduced utility costs. Perhaps half of your employees are fully remote? Maybe you have just a small core of employees that come into the office, and even they have decided to split their time between the office and at home – and therefore, you only really need a modest space for those users that want to work in an office. Not having your entire workforce in the office means you can downsize your premises significantly – which reduces utility costs significantly.
Hybrid working can also empower your users to work whichever way helps them be the most productive. Some people really enjoyed working from home when it become necessary, whilst others noticed a significant drop in productivity and job satisfaction. With hybrid working, you don’t have to choose to between making one set of employees unhappy, because you can let the employees choose themselves which method of work is best for them.
Another great benefit of hybrid working is you can hire without borders. Even if you’ve enabled remote working for just one employee, you’ve got the infrastructure to hire more remote employees, which means you can hire people from anywhere. There is a vast pool of talent globally that hybrid working can give you access to.