More and more organizations are permanently adopting a hybrid work model that allows employees to naturally gravitate between multiple work sites, including their homes, the office, and sometimes even alternative spaces such as a coffee shop or co-working space.
“Limits on flexibility pose a real problem; Gartner research shows that two-thirds of employees report their expectations for working flexibly have increased since last year.”
And while employees are overwhelming in favor of a hybrid work model, many may not have access to productive workspaces, which restricts their options. Some may work better from home, while still other will always prefer an office environment. Overall, the workforce will undoubtedly benefit from the more inclusive options offered by hybrid work.
What does that mean?
Gartner has broken down collaboration into four modes, which teams can and should intentionally leverage to maximize productivity.
As soon as hybrid work has been determined to be the way forward, the next step is ensuring all employees have equitable access to all work modes, especially given Gartner research that shows that different talent segments — whether it be personality types, generation, or seniority — thrive differently in each mode. For many organizations, this will require a more intentional redesign of collaboration around the four work modes—and a reevaluation of the tools that are used to keep everyone on the same page and working well together. Learn more at Gartner.