Hybrid Work Era – Partner with COD to Navigate Change

Published on: April 3, 2023

Perspectives > Change Management and Transformation

The Pandemic compelled organizations across the globe to re-align, rethink and reset their workplace and work life goals. It has redefined the work, workplace, and the workforce in a way that none imagined. Organizations were forced to evolve new work models as demand for flexibility increased and a realization that lot of jobs that simply don’t require bringing people to office. There has been a considerable shift in thinking and attitude to ways of working.

Hybrid 2.0 is the new era of work model that has emerged post Covid-19 pandemic where organizations are adopting a new model that combines remote work and in-person work. This model offers employees’ greater flexibility as it presents a number of implications for organizations that need to be considered.

  • Employee Productivity: Hybrid work can have both positive and negative effects on productivity. Some employees may be productive in a remote environment, while others may struggle with the lack of structure and social interaction. To ensure maximum productivity organizations need to provide employees with the necessary tools and resources to work effectively both remote and on-site environment.
  • Organization Structure: The hybrid work model has also challenged the traditional organizational structures, hierarchies and silos. To be effective, organizations need to embrace a more agile and flexible approach, where employees are empowered to work collaboratively across departments and locations.
  • Organization Culture: Maintaining a strong organizational culture can be more difficult in a hybrid work model. Without regular face to face interactions, it can be harder to build a sense of community and shared purpose among employees. To overcome this challenge, organizations need to prioritize regular communication, team building activities and a strong sense of purpose and values.
  • Communication: Effective communication is critical in a hybrid work model. Organizations need to ensure that communication channels are accessible and reliable for all employees, regardless of their location. This may require investing in new technology and tools as video conferencing and collaboration platforms.
  • Team Work: Hybrid work can impact team dynamics as team members may be physically dispersed and have different schedules. Organizations will need to adopt new team building strategies that promote engagement and collaboration across distances.
  • HR: The hybrid work model presents several challenges for HR, including managing employee performance, monitoring employee well-being, and ensuring compliance with employment laws and regulations. HR will need to develop new policies and procedures that address these challenges and support a hybrid work environment.

Change management is crucial in this context as organizations need to navigate the challenges that come with implementing a hybrid model. Training and consulting organizations play a critical role in helping companies adapt to the hybrid model of working. Here are some ways COD can collaborate to support organizations:

  1. Change management: COD can help companies navigate the change management process associated with the hybrid model of working. This may include developing change management strategies, providing leadership coaching, and creating communication plans to ensure that employees are informed and engaged throughout the process.
  2. Policy development: COD can help develop policies and procedures that support the hybrid model of working. This may include developing remote work policies, flexible scheduling policies, and guidelines for communication and collaboration.
  3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Training: With hybrid work, DEI training is more important than ever. We can provide customized DEI training programs to ensure that employees are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively in diverse teams.
  4. Training on Remote Work: COD can provide customized training programs to help employees adapt to remote work. This may include training on effective communication, time management, team building. Such training can help employees maintain productivity and engagement while working remotely.
  5. Building a collaborative Culture: Organization Culture holistically guides employee actions and interactions in the workplace. Even in the present digital age, there is no substitute for co-presence when problem solving, creativity and communication are called for. It is important in the new era to re-visit organization vision, strategy and cultivate a strong culture.

By partnering with COD, companies can ensure that they have the support they need to successfully adapt to the hybrid model of working and navigate change.