According to Gartner’s® “Redesigning Work for the Hybrid World: Opportunities for Knowledge Workers,” published June 21, 2021, “75% of hybrid or remote knowledge workers say their expectations for working flexibly have increased. And if an organization were to go back to a fully on-site arrangement, it would risk losing up to 39% of its workforce.” There’s no doubt that the future of work is hybrid, but as workforces remain not fully in-office, hybrid, or remote, many are relying on stopgap solutions to weather what seems like an eternal transition. While it’s well-intentioned, this is just setting up many organizations for a future where a never-ending stream of changing practices results in frustrating and costly communication gaps.
Thankfully, you can reduce losses in productivity by recognizing that the baseline for hybrid collaboration isn’t the in-office method. This line of thinking will just create more of those pesky silos you’re trying to move away from. Instead, hybrid collaboration requires an entirely new way of communicating — one that places team-wide inclusion front and center in any meeting structure.
Now, this isn’t a one-size-fits all method for hybrid working. Each organization and team will have a bespoke way to make sure collaboration thrives. What is a blanket-need for everyone, though, is a tool that doesn’t create more problems than it solves.
Often, the right tool:
- Allows asynchronous and synchronous collaboration
- Fits seamlessly into a remote workflow
- Can be easily used by multiple teams with varying expertise levels across the organization
More often than not, this is a visual collaboration tool. They take all the goodness of allowing team members their turn at the whiteboard, with a splash of add-ons that evolve the experience and catalyze the best ideas.
Hybrid Collaboration: A guide to changes, challenges, and considerations
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by Nick Lioudis
Nick Lioudis is the Director of Content Marketing at InVision. Nick's career spans media and marketing content, including bylines with amNY, Chartbeat, Digital Content Next, G2, Investopedia, and The Star Ledger. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.