6 things you can do to support your hybrid team
A hybrid environment brings change for all of us. We’re often unfamiliar with certain transitions and can’t keep up with the new pace. That’s why it’s even more important that you, as a leader, keep a cool head and take the pressure off your employees as much as possible. With these 6 tips, you get 6 things you can do to support your hybrid team with their current challenges.
Empathy and understanding for your employees
In this ever-changing work environment, it’s especially important to pay attention to everyone on your team. We often don’t know under what conditions our employees must do their work at home now. Whether they have screaming children in the background or their partner is playing Playstation loudly on the side – it’s your job as a leader to treat your employees with empathy. This strengthens their sense of well-being and makes them much more motivated to work.
Actively care for the team
In addition to increased empathy, it is also helpful to regularly check in with your employees and ask how they are doing, thus strengthening the informal relationship level.
It is also clear that the transition from present to hybrid working is not easy for most people. So you need to make sure there is a steady balance in the team – this could be in the form of coaching, training or just a “no emails on weekends” policy.
Improve technical equipment
Sure, this is nothing new. We all understand by now that a strong Internet as well as good software are among the basics of hybrid implementation. But new programs are constantly being developed that will make hybrid work even more exciting and effective. Virtual reality, 3D meetings or Microsoft Mesh, among others, are currently being tested to make virtual get-togethers even more exciting later.
Update legal knowledge
It is difficult to adopt laws on hybrid work to work on an international level. Different arrangements apply in each country; but even within a country, it is often difficult to agree on specific regulations. The issues of commuter allowances and the definition of an accident at work alone present challenges. Here, it is up to HR to deal with the legal issues and to work with the leader to crystallize the guidelines for the company.
As a leader, your most important task is of course to take responsibility for others and lead them in the right direction. But what about the most important leader in your life – yourself? Tools like task managers, time tracking apps and more can help you structure yourself. The advice of Stephen Covey, who always sets up jour fixes with himself, can also be helpful here to improve your own management.
Regularly question the business model
As more tools and technologies for hybrid working come onto the market, it becomes more necessary to go through the existing services and ask yourself some questions: Do I still need this service? Can I make it more efficient, such as through automation? Could someone else provide it better or cheaper? That way, you can make sure the right thing is still being done in the hybrid setup.
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