Weekly hybrid work digest: Target goes hybrid, rethinking attendance

In the last week of April, we keep up with new developments in hybrid work. In this episode of the hybrid work news digest, we are back with the latest news, challenges, and tips for building a high-performance hybrid workplace. 

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Hybrid work news

1. Target goes permanently hybrid

Last week the corporation announced it will be allowing over 8,500 employees to work in a hybrid environment. For Target, the new arrangement is an opportunity for “reshaping the future of work and the experience of work”. 

2. TD Bank is transitioning 95,000 employees to hybrid work

The banking giant is introducing hybrid work. It gives team leaders the freedom in setting up the transition and defining the schedule of their peers. 

3. Hybrid work might change the shape of conference tables

From ovals to triangles and trapezoids – as hybrid work becomes standard, changes to conference room tables have to be made. 

4. New evidence for the fact that hybrid work will “exist indefinitely”

According to a recent study, 66% of employers are permanently restructuring their workplaces to make them hybrid-work-friendly. 

Hybrid work challenges

1. Hybrid work: Making it fit with your diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy

According to McKinsey, the most attractive hybrid workplaces are the inclusive ones. By “inclusion”, employees mean team building, mutual respect, and work-life balance. 

2. Should a Morning Staff Meeting Feel Like Homeroom?

Monitoring attendance is a pressing challenge for hybrid workplaces. Indeed, the complexity of return-to-office plans can leave team leaders confused, with no idea how many hours people spend at work. 

3. The biggest challenge of hybrid work: balance

An insightful interview with Lyndsay Morgan, Operations Director at Climb Online, covers the challenges and workarounds in hybrid work transition. 

4. Five culture challenges in a hybrid workplace

While most employees were happy with the level of work flexibility they saw during the pandemic, they long for more collaboration and face-to-face interaction. Building a hybrid work culture means thinking about how to balance these needs and solve other culture challenges. 

Best practices for hybrid workplaces

1. 2 Australian CIOs share lessons learned

2 CIOs of Australian healthcare startups share their experiences in transitioning to hybrid work, communicating with the staff, and structuring workflows. 

2. Five ways to manage stress during hybrid work

Creating an open feedback culture, advocating against back-to-back meetings, creating agenda-free interactions – these and other practices can help hybrid employees get comfortable with the new way of working. 

3. Rethinking the office for hybrid work

The advent of hybrid work calls for new decisions in designing office spaces. Most clearly, it shows the need for flexible office spaces. 

4. Designing smarter workspaces for hybrid work

Technology is an effective tool for mitigating attendance monitoring, connectivity, and other hybrid work challenges. Find out how to ramp up your workplace with 3D maps, sensors, and other tech tools. 

oVice believes that virtual offices are an excellent way to transition a team to hybrid work. This way, organization leaders keep full flexibility of remote work and cut real estate costs – at the same time, they get more room for performance monitoring and spontaneous interactions. 
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