Hybrid Work Digest: Apple backpedals on office return, HP releases hardware for hybrid work, tech teams revisit office attendance rules
Over the last week, a lot has happened in hybrid work adoption. On the one hand, a surge in COVID-19 cases might slow it down if not halt it altogether.
On the other hand, most companies are adamant about bringing employees back to offices, and hardware providers are betting on hybrid work more aggressively than ever before.
In this episode of the hybrid work digest, we are making sense of the latest news, ideas, and practices team leaders adopt to make the most out of hybrid work.
You will discover:
- Why Apple is postponing its three-day office return policy
- Why the rules that used to regulate hybrid work are no longer impactful
- How hybrid work can help team leaders in ASEAN retain talent
- What three fundamental ideas hybrid team leaders have to get right
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Latest hybrid work news
To the backlash of its employees, Apple has recently announced a 3-day-a-week R.T.O policy. It looks like there could be a change of plans due to a surge in COVID cases across most US states.
The tech hardware giant is helping hybrid teams stay connected by rolling out a lot of hybrid-themed products — laptops, workstations, and more.
Bay Area is seeing a lot of changes in its approach to hybrid work — from coming to the office once a month to full office renovations. All of this is done with a single goal in mind — keeping employees engaged and productive.
During the pandemic, a lot of American workers discovered the benefits of working remotely for the first time. That’s why team leaders may have a hard time re-introducing offices and transitioning to hybrid work.
Thoughts and opinions
Before the pandemic, most remote-first companies had a 3-day-a-week office attendance policy which seemed like a luxury to many employees. Now, teams are questioning whether spending so much time at the office makes sense and come to the conclusion it does not.
For a successful adoption of hybrid work, CIOs should look for optimal ways to use office spaces, tools that will empower and connect hybrid employees, and ways to improve online meetings and communication.
The ASEAN market responded to the adoption of hybrid work really well — most workers report improved quality of life and productivity gains. For managers, advocating for full-scale office return is no longer an option — instead, they have to re-invent processes and adapt to remote-first work styles.
On the surface level, hybrid work seems to be the middle ground between in-office and remote work, bringing out the strong suits of both approaches. Practically speaking, there are a lot of challenges managers have to face: employee equality, building trust, ensuring alignment, and more.
Best practices and tips
The team at Cisco, a leading provider of hybrid work solutions, shares their take on adapting to hybrid work. They bet heavily on flexibility and shift the focus from location-centric to user-centric approaches to hybrid transition.
For most team leaders, a shift to remote work was so abrupt there was no time to get it right. Now that there’s more room for reflection, managers can let go of the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mindset and create a scalable, thought-out approach to hybrid work.
Right now, every third American works in either remote or a hybrid environment. Over the last two years, telecommuting has stood the test of time but there’s room for improvement. This piece from Salesforce shares a few ways to optimize hybrid work by focusing on the right tools, training, and team building.
Thinking of hybrid work, most managers still try to find a 50–50 balance between remote and office work or even have the latter prevail. This ambition fails for most — employees want to keep their flexibility and have the right to work remotely. While offices are still helpful, their role in the post-pandemic hybrid environment will change. This trend should be reflected in return-to-office policies and plans.
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