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Let’s face it, the idea of working from home possibly sparked an ending joy that was soon doomed with the reality of what it actually entailed. The dream of no early morning traffic, a minimal dress code and a flexible schedule was soon overtaken with constant video conference calls, distractions and isolation. The question is, if we can’t spend too much time in the office nor be happy working from home, where can we go? This is where hybrid comes in.

What is Hybrid Working?

Hybrid working is sharing hours between working in the office and remotely. It may be normalised past pandemic as more people have realised the benefits of having a balanced work-life whilst still fulfilling their duties at home. When countries around the world introduced lockdown, introverts were heard cheering at the idea of isolation without constant social interruptions. Dubai’s government ordered 80% of its employees from private sector organizations to work from home as part of coronavirus precautionary measures. The few people who were genuinely excited at the idea of working from home were plagued with the reality of noise from nearby constructions, keeping children entertained and motivational challenges.

How does it change the way we work?

Hybrid working is sharing hours between working in the office and remotely. It may be normalised past pandemic as more people have realised the benefits of having a balanced work-life whilst still fulfilling their duties at home. When countries around the world introduced lockdown, introverts were heard cheering at the idea of isolation without constant social interruptions. Dubai’s government ordered 80% of its employees from private sector organizations to work from home as part of coronavirus precautionary measures. The few people who were genuinely excited at the idea of working from home were plagued with the reality of noise from nearby constructions, keeping children entertained and motivational challenges.

UAE Working from Home

Dubai’s government ordered 80% of its employees from private sector organizations to work from home as part of coronavirus precautionary measures. The few people who were genuinely excited at the idea of working from home were plagued with the reality of noise from nearby constructions, keeping children entertained and motivational challenges.

Working is no longer a place to travel to but instead, how much value you bring wherever you are.Whether that’s working from home, a coffee shop or in a quiet library, the power of working remotely has been redefined in 2020.

Dubai initiated a programme that invited professionals from around the world to move to Dubai and work from home to strengthen the digital infrastructure. Why? Dubai is constantly adapting to implementing new measures to increase its economic competitiveness from the changing market conditions.

Organisation of Meetings in 2021

Dubai’s government ordered 80% of its employees from private sector organizations to work from home as part of coronavirus precautionary measures. The few people who were genuinely excited at the idea of working from home were plagued with the reality of noise from nearby constructions, keeping children entertained and motivational challenges.

How do we introduce Hybrid Working?

With a general drive to restore the economy, employees are forced to implement socially distant measures in the workplace and maintain a larger percentage of employees to work remotely. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, accepted the work-from-home system to encourage people to deal with changes and reinforce Dubai’s government prominent position.

Managers should take lead in experimenting with new work schedules and evaluate the effect on employee attitude and execution. Sure, the idea of working from home doesn’t excite everyone, but a manager’s line of duty involves assessing his/her team in their best interest. Hybrid work models involve precision about job responsibilities to determine which duties are best suitable to work from home. Keeping in mind the occupation does play a vital role in determining this. An example would be an advertising team creating a new campaign. Instead of bringing a working group together to commence on a project, employees could create concepts remotely via Zoom or Microsoft Teams based on brainstorming. Technology is evolving and adapting to the hybrid model as Nicole Herskowitz, general manager for Microsoft Teams, reveals that the company has newly renovated its video conferencing to include speaker attribution to help hybrid working.

Unify the in-office and remote workers

It’s important to remember the impact on one’s mental health with all these changes. We can’t change the state of the World, but we can enforce healthy working spaces for those in and those out of office. The relationships built in the workplace gave a union to working towards a goal. One of the risks that hybrid work companies have is that their remote employees end up being regarded as second-class citizens, the ‘forgotten’ if you will. Who can blame them, out of sight out of mind, am I right? Whilst the in-office team subconsciously supports their own pursuits over others, this creates division in the workspace. Managers can unify the in-office and remote workers by:

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Creating shared Principles between Team Members

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Promote purposeful Social Connections (via videoconference)

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Hold brainstorming sessions at the start of the week

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Give each person a voice to share their ideas

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Determine rules of engagement and communications procedures

Conclusion

The hybrid model may bring its own challenges, 2020 has proved to be nothing less than easy to handle. Creating a space of unity, respect and communication amongst employees may prove tricky however it is essential to creating a successful hybrid model. Companies must be innovative and flexible in order to restore and eventually flourish in the post-pandemic world. If they can effectively steer their previous practices to a hybrid work structure, they will be better equipped for challenges to follow and the opportunities that they bring.

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