From onsite to online, technology has completely transformed the way we work by providing a way for hybrid teams to connect and collaborate. We interviewed Ben Tierney, General Manager Technology Solutions to share advice on how you can make hybrid working a success, wherever you choose to work.
Tip 1: Invest in the right technology for remote workers
“Just over a year ago, going to the office was a normal part of everyday life. When COVID hit, we had to scatter very, very quickly. As a result, businesses have had to rethink how to achieve the same results with a distributed workforce,” says Ben.
“The ultimate enabler for connection and productivity is your technology hardware. If you have kids, live in a shared house, or have any ambient noise around you, a good pair of headsets will help you stay focused and create a better working experience,” Ben advises.
“Creating a space at home that’s productive and allows you to emerge yourself in your work is incredibly important. Hunched over a laptop is okay for half an hour but for an entire day, it’s just not going to work ergonomically, or for your productivity.
“That’s where technology coupled with ergonomic furniture really comes into play. A good monitor, monitor risers, the right keyboard, mouse, and headset, in addition to a comfortable chair and desk are crucial.
“Travel-friendly accessory packs and carry cases, as well as lightweight keyboards and mice are great for employees who work between the home and office and have to carry their gear,” advises Ben.
Tip 2: Rethink the office setup
Hybrid working is here to stay. According to a Microsoft study, 73% of employees want continued access to flexible and remote working options in the future.1
“We’re also starting to see a transformation in the workplace. Businesses are starting to invest more into making their spaces safe and finding better ways to bridge the gap between onsite and online employees.
“I see a huge opportunity for growth in company meeting rooms and audio-visual gear. The old polycom dial-in system that we all used pre-COVID is really outdated. While our working environment is rapidly evolving, technology that caters to our changing needs is growing alongside it.
“Audio-visual used to be complex. It used to involve people coming onsite, measuring walls, drilling holes, running cables. But we’re now seeing businesses invest in plug-and-play solutions that are much more affordable and easier to use,” says Ben.
“While those working from home might have a perfect setup with a monitor, headset and peace and quiet, those working in the office may have a challenging time connecting with their colleagues online without dedicated meeting rooms and the right setup. I’d strongly advise businesses to invest in an audio-visual setup for a more seamless and collaborative experience,” suggests Ben.
Tip 3: Combat digital fatigue
A study conducted by Microsoft’s Human Factors Labs found that brainwave patterns associated with stress were significantly higher during remote collaboration as opposed to face-to-face collaboration.2
“Digital fatigue can be a challenge, especially for those working from home. When you’re in the office you have more opportunity to be mobile – you have the option to walk over to a colleague’s desk to ask a question and move from one meeting room to another. When you’re at home, you might find yourself sitting in the same place for an extended period of time, depending on how your day progresses,” says Ben.
“Managing digital fatigue is about setting the necessary boundaries to allow your brain to recharge and your body to move around. There are a range of hardware solutions that enable us to be more fluid in how we work,” advises Ben.
“For example, to move around, you can seamlessly transfer a call from your laptop to your mobile, all while using the same Bluetooth-enabled headset that can connect from one device to another.
“To support a hybrid workforce, you need the right set of hardware. When you have the right technology, you can successfully break down those physical barriers,” concludes Ben.
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1Microsoft, 2021, ‘The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work – Are We Ready?’, <https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/worklab/work-trend-index/hybrid-work>
2Spataro, J., 2020, ‘The future of work – the good, the challenging & the unknown’, <https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/07/08/future-work-good-challenging-unknown/>