Adapting the corporate culture for successful hybrid work models

Discover how to adapt corporate culture for hybrid work success. Uncover strategies for smooth transition and increased productivity

Adapting the corporate culture for successful hybrid work models
Guillaume
 •
Growth Manager
July 27, 2023
• 5 min. read
view of a hybrid work office



As companies around the world adapt to a post-pandemic reality, the concept of hybrid working has emerged as a compelling solution to meet the changing needs of employees and businesses alike. However, implementing hybrid work models requires more than just a physical restructuring of office space - it requires a fundamental shift in corporate culture. Below, we outline the essential elements required for a successful transition to a hybrid work environment and highlight the critical considerations for fostering a cohesive and inclusive culture that supports remote and on-site employee collaboration.


I. Understanding hybrid working models

 

1. Main features

 

Hybrid work models are characterized by a combination of remote work and work in the office that allows employees to work flexibly from both home and the office. Here are the key features of hybrid work models:

 

Flexibility:

 

Hybrid work models offer flexibility in terms of where and when work takes place.

 

Remote work:

 

In hybrid work models, employees have the option of working from home or from other locations outside the office.

 

Personal collaboration:

 

Despite the ability to work remotely, hybrid work models also emphasize the importance of face-to-face collaboration and exchange.

 

Technological facilitation:

 

Hybrid work forms rely heavily on technology to facilitate communication, collaboration, and seamless workflows.

 

Mixed teams:

 

In hybrid work models, teams consist of a mix of employees who work remotely and those who are on-site.

 

Flexibility in the workspace:

 

Hybrid forms of work often include desk sharing, in which employees are not assigned a fixed workstation but use available workstations as needed.

 

Results-oriented approach:

 

Hybrid work models focus more on outcomes and results than on traditional notions of "hours worked."

 

Work-life balance:

 

Hybrid work models aim to provide workers with a better work-life balance by reducing commute time, accommodating personal commitments, and allowing everyone to balance their work with their personal lives.

 

adjusting the workplace for hybrid work efficiency

 

2. Advantages and challenges during the implementation of hybrid work

 

The introduction of a hybrid working model offers various advantages and challenges for companies.

 

Benefits include greater flexibility for employees to decide when and where they work, leading to greater job satisfaction. In addition, hybrid work models expand the talent pool by enabling companies to hire professionals regardless of their geographic location, attracting and retaining top talent. The hybrid approach also offers cost savings by reducing the need for large office spaces. In addition, research suggests that remote work can increase productivity by reducing distractions and interruptions and creating a personalized work environment.

 

However, implementing a hybrid work model also presents challenges that need to be carefully considered. Effective communication and collaboration can be more complex in a hybrid work environment, requiring the integration of virtual communication tools and the establishment of clear policies to ensure seamless interaction between mobile and stationary employees. Maintaining inclusion and engagement can be challenging, as remote employees may feel isolated or unintentionally excluded. Organizations must prioritize inclusion, provide equal development opportunities, and foster a sense of belonging among remote workers. In addition, managers must adapt their leadership styles to effectively manage hybrid teams.

 

Companies can successfully manage the adoption of a hybrid work model by recognizing and proactively addressing these benefits and challenges.




 

II. Adjustments for desk sharing



1. desk sharing and its role in a hybrid work environment

 

In the context of a hybrid work model, desk sharing is becoming very important as companies adapt to a more flexible and dynamic approach to office space. Desk sharing means that employees are not assigned a fixed workstation, but use the available workstations as needed. This approach optimizes the use of office space and is in line with the fluid nature of hybrid working, where employees alternate between working on-site and on-the-go.

 

Desk sharing offers several advantages in a hybrid workplace model. First, it maximizes space efficiency by eliminating the need for a separate workstation for each employee, resulting in cost savings in office space and associated expenses. By adopting desk sharing, companies can create a collaborative and adaptable workplace that meets the diverse needs of employees.

 

Desk sharing also promotes flexibility and autonomy for employees. Individuals can choose their work environment based on their specific needs and preferences for the day. This flexibility can increase productivity and well-being by allowing employees to choose a workspace that suits their tasks, concentration requirements, or collaboration efforts.

 

However, the introduction of desk sharing also brings challenges that need to be carefully considered. Establishing effective scheduling systems and protocols is essential to ensure fair and equitable allocation of available desks. Organizations must invest in technical solutions that facilitate desk reservation and monitor occupancy to ensure transparency and accountability.


 

2. PULT as a solution for desk sharing

 

PULT provides solutions to the challenges associated with implementing desk sharing in a hybrid work model.

 

PULT's software provides a user:friendly interface that allows employees to reserve available desks based on their preferences and needs. Streamlining the reservation process ensures fair and transparent desk allocation, minimizing conflicts and enabling smooth desk sharing.

 

In addition, PULT provides real-time monitoring of desk occupancy so that employees can check desk availability before making a reservation. This feature helps optimize desk utilization and prevents overbooking or situations where employees arrive at the office and find that all desks are occupied.

 

PULT allows employees to schedule desk reservations in advance, providing the flexibility needed in a hybrid work model.

 

PULT's software integrates with collaboration and communication platforms to facilitate seamless communication between employees who share a desk.

 

In addition, PULT provides analytics and reporting capabilities that offer insights into desk utilization, popular work schedules and other relevant data. This information helps companies make data-driven decisions about office space allocation, optimize resources, and effectively plan for future needs.

 

By leveraging PULT's desk sharing software, organizations can effectively address challenges related to fair workspace allocation, real-time availability tracking, scheduling flexibility, communication and resource optimization. PULT's comprehensive solution streamlines desk sharing processes, improves collaboration and enables organizations to create a seamless and efficient office environment that drives the success of a hybrid work model.


saving mone with desk booking in a shared office space

III. Redefining corporate culture

 

Adapting corporate culture is critical to successfully supporting a hybrid work model. To support a hybrid work environment, companies must foster a culture that supports trust, collaboration, integration and clear communication.

 

First, trust is paramount, as leaders must have confidence that employee:s will deliver results regardless of their physical location. Trust-building initiatives, regular checks, and clear performance expectations help cultivate a culture of trust and accountability.

 

Second, in a hybrid work environment, the focus should be on collaboration. Encouraging cross-functional teamwork, providing platforms for virtual collaboration, and establishing processes for employees to collaborate effectively on-site and remotely is essential. This includes using digital collaboration tools, organizing virtual team building activities, and promoting a common purpose among team members.

 

Another important aspect of adapting a company's culture to hybrid work is the inclusion of all employees. Companies should ensure that remote employees have equal access to opportunities, resources and information. This can be achieved by implementing inclusive communication practices, ensuring that remote participants are actively included in meetings, and fostering a sense of belonging through virtual social interactions.

 

Furthermore, empathy should be anchored in the corporate culture. Recognizing the uniqueness of each employee's situation and taking individual needs into account foster a supportive environment.

 

Finally, continuous training and development should be encouraged to adapt to the changing demands of hybrid work.


Discover the power of hybrid work

 

Are you ready to unlock the full potential of your business? Experience the freedom and flexibility that a hybrid work environment brings. Give your employees the power to choose when and where they work, promoting work-life balance and job satisfaction. Attract top talent from different locations and create an inclusive workforce that brings in new perspectives and ideas. Take the first step toward a hybrid work environment by adapting your corporate culture, policies, and technologies. This will help you create a work environment that empowers your employees and positions your company for sustainable growth.

Adapting the corporate culture for successful hybrid work models
Guillaume
Growth Manager
Hybrid Workplace enthusiast • Growth & Marketing Manager at PULT