Hybrid Work from Home

It All Starts With Pre & Onboarding Employees Effectively

 

A hybrid work from home and office model refers to a flexible work environment, where your working hours are distributed between work on-site and remote work.

Maybe you’ve heard that the great next disruption is hybrid work, and you wonder if this thesis is actually backed-up by the data. The answer is yes:  65% of the respondents of a survey carried by Zoom in April 2021 declared that hybrid work is their ideal work model, with 33% saying that they would prefer working mostly on-site, while 32% prefer performing mostly remote work. The same survey highlighted that only 20% of respondents would prefer working fully from the office.

As new employees are hired, we cannot stress enough the value of successfully and effectively onboarding these new employees. Not only does it ensure that you, the new employee, will feel safe, confident and motivated to start, but you will also feel engaged with the company. On the long term, this will ensure that the employer can retain your talent for a longer period of time.

So when using a hybrid work from home model, it is crucial to start any new employee journey with an effective remote onboarding that manages to achieve its objectives, notwithstanding your physical distance, and the distances of your co-workers from the office. You can get a more in-depth dive into the remote onboarding process in our additional blog resources.

It is our claim that companies which can leverage engagement and collaboration solutions will be successful in navigating the realities of the new workforce models, such as hybrid work from home.

introdus, employee onboarding software, can ensure a seamless integration for new hires whichever their physical location might be.

This article will discuss the hybrid work from home model. A special focus will be placed on how Pre & Onboarding are crucial steps that set new employees up for success even when using emerging workforce models, such as the work from home hybrid model.

Hybrid Work from Home Insights

Hybrid work has transitioned from being a trend to an expectation. It’s not difficult to predict that the companies that embrace this new norm will be the ones leading the race to retain and attract top talent.


—Leni Rivera, Workplace Experience specialist and author.

 

What is a Hybrid-Work-from-Home Model?

 

A hybrid work from home model (also referred to as hybrid-remote working model) implies that work is performed both remotely and on-site, depending on the company arrangements, collaboration requirements and employee personal needs.

There is no standard formula for devising the number of hours to be spent at the office and the number of hours to be spent working remotely. What is standard for designing, implementing and managing a hybrid work from home model is the need for close collaboration within teams and across management, workforce coordinators and employees.

Another key requirement for a successful implementation of a hybrid work from home model is the adoption of effective, constant and asynchronous communication tools, meant to enable a productive workflow regardless of your physical location. Technology resources (both software and hardware) are, thus, indispensable for enabling you to perform in a coherent and confident manner.

 

Pre & Onboarding When Using a Hybrid Work from Home Policy

 

When a new hire joins a company, the way they are inducted into the role, the team and the overall organisation can foreshadow a productive and rewarding employee life cycle. But in the context of a hybrid work from home policy, the classic onboarding processes being used pre-pandemic just won’t cut it anymore.

When there is a high flexibility in the team, there could be a chance that some of your co-workers and team members are working across borders, some working fully remotely, some preferring a home-office hybrid model, and very rarely showing up at the office. This fact might be seen as an impediment to achieving effective Pre & Onboarding, and obtaining feelings of engagement with the team from the very beginning of your employee journey.

Although it is more difficult to engage someone and make them feel connected to your organisation via a display or computer, culture does not go away when the office is emptier. Moreover, a virtual culture is not built solely over email threads, but it requires meaningful social interactions on and off the computer screen.

 

Hybrid Work from Home Insights

Culture does not go away when the office is emptier. Moreover, a virtual culture is not built solely over email threads.


Thus, especially, in a hybrid home working model, an important part of being successful at work is feeling engaged and connected from the very beginning to the company mission and vision. Engagement is not and should not be regarded as an office centric process.

Hence, working within a home-office hybrid model does not mean that team cohesion is an unattainable goal, and that team integration should not even be attempted during the Onboarding phase.

On the contrary, your employer should be wary and keep track any challenges brought by hybrid home working. As such, when using a hybrid work from home policy, your Pre & Onboarding processes should ensure that:

1. You have the right set-up to do your job both on-site and remotely (for example an IT Onboarding Checklist containing, among others, a hardware and software list could be an extremely useful tool).

2. You have been instructed on using troubleshooting resources in case of any network or software issues.

3. You have access to the necessary training resources to do your job productively.

4. You have been paired with a buddy, which will ensure that regardless of your location, you won’t miss out on any informal learning that would normally occur at the office.

5. You are presented with the right communication tools that can be used formally (for job specific questions, meetings and training), but also informally (for gaining a sense of connectedness to the culture of the organisation).

6. You have a schedule that combines the social aspect of starting a new job, with the requirements of a job and the final goal of a productive performance. Thus, onboarding would ideally mix business with fun: making you feel at home and commencing camaraderie relationships with your co-workers from the get-go.

Hybrid Work from Home Insights

Virtual social activities such as coffee chats, virtual happy hours, and virtual meditation are company events meant to get new hires comfortable immediately with the rest of the team.


—Dr. Melodie Bond-Hillman, Director and HR.

A Successful Work from Home Hybrid Model Starts with Effective Pre & Onboarding

Summing Up

 

A work from home and office hybrid should be designed with employee experience and expectations at the core: regardless of their physical locations, employees should feel engaged and motivated to contribute to the company.

When you join a company that designs its workforce on a work from home hybrid model, pre & onboarding plays a huge role in setting you up for success.

IT solutions such as introdus, employee onboarding software, can ensure that your company is well-prepared for managing the future workforce: the hybrid model for working from home.  Through its survey feature, introdus provides an opportunity to your company to review existing onboarding practices and take into account the different experiences, backgrounds, and expectations all new team members bring in. Thus, a successful Pre & Onboarding processes can lead to conspicuous success in the entire employee journey.

When companies adopt solutions in strategic ways, you will be able to make the most out of the home-office-hybrid work, making you feel more satisfied and productive at work.

Achieve engagement when performing hybrid work from home with efficient Pre & Onboarding tools.

 

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