Bridging the Gap: Overcoming the Distance of Hybrid Work to Preserve Organizational Unity

December 14, 2023

Building and strengthening relationships with employees can be more difficult in a hybrid work model. However, there are specific strategies and tools you can use to overcome the physical distance and maintain your company’s organizational unity. Just because some employees work in the office and others work remotely, does not mean that teams should be disconnected. Phone calls, instant messaging, voice messages and video calls are four easy ways to add a personal touch to remote work.

In this post, we will explore some of the challenges of the hybrid work model, the importance of building a resilient digital workplace and how Talentia’s HCM software can help you cultivate an engaging and inclusive environment.

Challenges of the hybrid work model and physical distance

The main benefits of “working from anywhere” are time freedom and convenience. While many employees have found that they enjoy hybrid or remote working, there are still many who are not accustomed to it. As we have already covered in previous articles, burnout and isolation remain the biggest challenges to the hybrid work model.

Here are five other top challenges that physical distance poses when working remotely:

  • Feelings of disconnection
  • Decreased productivity
  • Exclusion from meaningful conversations or decisions
  • Less recognition
  • Impaired employee-manager relationships

Build a resilient digital workplace with HCM software

Digital resilience is the ability to quickly prevent, respond to and recover from events that could disrupt key business processes and service delivery. As most working professionals will need to acquire and maintain new digital skills throughout their careers, organizations are even more aware of the need to digitize the workplace. While hybrid and remote work are not for everyone, there are still effective ways you can cultivate a robust working environment. Talentia’s HCM software can assist you with:

  • Modernizing your current system.
  • Building cross-functional management.
  • Implementing new performance tracking, onboarding paths and career plans.
  • Automating tedious, day-to-day HR tasks to maximize and save valuable time.

How to cultivate an attractive, engaging and inclusive digital workplace

Information and digital literacy have gained significant attention lately, as they are increasingly recognized as crucial skills and resources for organizations, essential for employees to excel in their workplace roles. A simple but effective way to rebuild strong organizational unity across different departments is to unite around the company’s shared mission and values.

The four principles for a successful hybrid work model include:

  • Development, providing easy access to necessary training and professional development courses.
  • Purpose, a clear vision for returning to the office and using a hybrid work model.
  • Inclusivity, ensuring that everyone is part of the team regardless of when or where they work.
  • Team Working Models, developing customized models based on specific criteria to promote autonomy and alignment with goals.

Talentia’s HCM software promotes inclusion with tools such as:

1. Self-service portals

Managing recruitment, payroll and administration processes are some of the most tedious and repetitive tasks in HR. Streamlining and automating them will greatly simplify daily tasks and increase efficiency.

Below are our most popular self-service portals:

  • Performance tracking
  • Continuous feedback
  • Survey and polls

2. Virtual team-building activities

The Social & Collaboration feature allows you to connect applications such as Teams and Slack to facilitate communication. Some examples of team-building activities include starting constructive conversations, planning company or department events and creating topic-based communities for either public or private discussion.

3. Personalized career paths

Our Talent & Succession planning software can support your team’s growth, determine career paths and identify successors. It can encourage talent mobility and reward your employees for their dedication, experience and development.