Offices and workplaces everywhere had to become more flexible with how and where their staff works as well as how they communicate, as a result of the pandemic. Over the last two years, many have learned they can still be an effective team member but not have to be in the office. Now with health restrictions changing some offices are reopening, this article will cover ways to navigate the hybrid workforce and the technology to make it effective.
All businesses need to focus on the following:
Be Mobile Enabled: Create a pervasive environment that allows people and devices to connect from anywhere, utilizing wired or wireless networks, quickly and consistently.
Increase Device and Data Security: Secure their networks by implementing continuous, zero-trust security and identity-based trusted access, which allows authorized people and devices to access applications, services, and data.
Embrace automation: Use artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate network management and orchestration while obtaining end-to-end visibility and insights from analytics of device, user, and application activity across the network.
Stay Connected While Remote
A hybrid work environment, in its ideal form, supports workers equally, no matter where they are. It enables employees to work on-site, off-site, and while traveling between locations. It also supports employees’ physical and personal requirements, such as providing a secure and healthy work environment where feasible, and encouraging employee involvement and inclusivity while also being equally productive.
According to a Cisco survey conducted in September 2021, 68 percent of individuals polled already work from home and the office, and 58 percent would leave their current company if they were forced to return to work full time.
Hybrid work adoption ultimately means fewer workers in the office at any given time, and according to Montreal Gazette, vacancy rates in Greater Montreal hit an all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2021, reaching 16.5%.
With the offices cutting back the need for a unified communication tool has risen. We recommend and use in-house the Microsoft Teams phone. Internally our team and easily and quickly communicate with one another via text, voice or video. Plus we can still receive and place outgoing calls by enabling PBX capabilities such as call control in the cloud with Microsoft Teams.
Max Out Your Hybrid Tech Stack
Companies are designing the next generation workspace with wireless in mind. The office will become a hub for hybrid work, allowing numerous communications to take place at the same time.
Work and Project Management Solutions
Project management solutions are a great way to keep your employees on the same page and up to date with projects, goals, and priorities. If workplace collaboration tools are a great way to improve cohesion and communication, project management solutions are a great way to keep your employees on the same page and up to date with projects, goals, and priorities.
Work and project management software comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, so it’s important to figure out which one is right for your company. Some tools are more strict, while others are quite flexible, and still others are designed almost specifically for teams who are out of sync. Look around and pick the one that best suits your needs.
Calendar solutions are one of the rare exceptions to the rule that all workplace technology must be real-time. Workplace calendars, like project management tools, give employees an up-to-date overview of projects and goals. Calendar solutions, like other office tools, should be adaptable enough to accommodate daily work changes without losing track of business priorities and deadlines.
We recommend using Outlook. Have access to your email and calendar, together in one place. end, receive and manage your email. Use Outlook’s built-in calendar to keep track of appointments and events.
Finding an ERP solution to suit your business is important because it’s the backbone of any workplace. After all, it’s how you track all your accounting and finance needs. Plus it can be where you manage your workforce and compensate them for their time.
Your ERP system in the cloud will assist you in focusing on business objectives rather than technology. Automatic updates assist you in keeping up with the fast pace of technological progress. This capacity to get current and stay current is frequently cited by business leaders as one of the most surprising benefits of switching from an on-premises ERP solution to cloud ERP.
Plus, the cloud technology will be flexible for your team regardless of where they are physically located.
Technology has the potential to make your life easier and more productive. It has the potential to impact your company, your employees’ attitudes, and, ultimately, how efficient, innovative, and solution-oriented they are when faced with obstacles. If you use the correct hybrid technology stack, you’ll gain a lot of benefits. We would be happy to walk you through your current business practices and help you create an effective hybrid workplace tech plan. Connect with us today.