Trends Emerging in Post-pandemic Hybrid Work

For many people, hybrid work is replacing pandemic-mandated remote work, with the balance between home and office dictated by their function, and personal preference. Employees are increasingly voting with their feet if their employers fail to provide the flexibility they require, joining either the Great Resignation or the Great Reshuffle.

Employers will need to alter secure digital, management, and recruitment practices to improve cooperation and productivity in a remote context as more organizations adopt a hybrid work model. This has intensified certain workplace trends that will see companies focusing on security, flexible workplaces, and customization of performance management to maximize the benefits while addressing the complexity challenges that come with a hybrid work arrangement.

Cloud-based Applications

Most corporate IT used to be based around an on-site data center that managed and supervised all in-house IT activity. While businesses were starting a move to a cloud infrastructure prior to 2020, there was a rapid shift to accelerate this transition when the pandemic first hit. Migrating to cloud-based apps enables everyone, regardless of location, secure and central access.

Now, with more organizations adopting hybrid work models, building and maintaining a strong and secure cloud infrastructure is crucial. Outdated or underequipped IT infrastructures can stifle the collaboration and innovation required for an organization’s overall success. Workforces are projected to remain dispersed, resulting in a surge in demand for flexible cloud infrastructures.

Zero-Trust Security Approach

Complex firewall systems safeguarded traditional in-house data centers from outside hackers. On the other hand, someone already inside the building, such as someone sitting at a trusted computer, had a far higher level of baseline trust and could readily get unlawful access to resources. Location determined trust.

As the gap between in-house and remote access to firm resources blurs, vulnerabilities become exposed. Companies are starting to utilize a strict approach where trust must be earned to access company data and resources. By default, no account, device, or connection receives any form of security pass. This zero-trust approach minimizes the need for IT employees to handle several degrees of security, resulting in more secure systems overall.

Workforce Well-being

As a result of the pandemic, employers are placing a larger premium on employee well-being. A greater focus will be made on the entire employee experience, which will be accomplished through culture, effective leaders, and managers. Employee well-being has moved beyond wellness to become a critical component of human capital strategy. Employers are under increasing pressure to promote healthy behavior and foster a sense of psychological and physical well-being. 

Workers all over the world have had the opportunity to work from home, and many of them find that their home surroundings allow better access to the outdoors, as well as more environmental adaptability and comfort. Employers must now work harder to figure out ways to encourage health and well-being in their workplaces and working rules.

The Shift in Performance Management

Managers may wonder how to evaluate if an employee is performing and productive, as well as how to monitor and track performance, as more individuals work from home. The emphasis will be on effect and value creation rather than milestones and targets. Leaders should concentrate not just on assisting the organization in achieving its business objectives, but also on ensuring that the organization can build on its collective strengths and behaviors to reach its performance objectives.

Most managers achieve organizational goals by ensuring that roles are well-designed, goals are met, and key performance indicators are tracked. Managers in a hybrid or remote workforce must focus less on task management and monitoring and more on quality output and timeous deliverables. The concept of agility in businesses, and the separation of task management and people management operations is coming to the fore.

Business Continuity For Hybrid Work Models

What is clear is that the pandemic has transformed our workplace and accelerated the adoption of technologies to adapt to hybrid work arrangements. The workplace is an ecosystem of different technology and service capabilities where security, access, and automation are key to digital transformation. KRIS Document Management System (DMS) supports these functions throughout the spectrum of work relationships.

It offers advantages to organizations where all documentation is stored in a central location offering the workforce secure, permissions-based access regardless of their locations. A robust document management system assists companies in expanding collaboration and preserving communications between remote and office-based employees. By streamlining the business-critical processes, managers and employees can focus on the right tasks and develop their skills to flourish in the ever-evolving digital workplace.






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