For many, remote work was supposed to be a quick fix for a temporary situation, but as employees and employers alike have become used to the idea of flexible work, it’s clear that this setup isn’t just a ‘stopgap’ measure.
This type of workplace offers many benefits, such as increased flexibility, cost savings, and access to a larger talent pool. However, it also brings its own set of challenges, particularly when it comes to communication.
In this blog post, we will discuss some of the common communication challenges in a hybrid workplace and how Lorino can help bridge the gap.
The Challenges of a Hybrid Workplace
Most companies that adopted hybrid work, have done so without having the proper infrastructure in place to support it. As mentioned before, for most remote work was supposed to be a temporary solution and most had to implement it overnight and then adjust as they went.
This sudden change of setting has brought many challenges:
The main challenge of hybrid and remote work is communication. Keeping teams connected and informed can be difficult without face-to-face contact, especially when employees are scattered across multiple locations or working from home.
The rise of Zoom during the pandemic is just one of the signs that email and chats simply aren't enough to keep teams connected.
But having most of your team on video calls all day is not only impractical, but it can also stifle productivity and creativity.
So finding ways to communicate effectively is paramount to having a productive hybrid team.
Collaboration between remote and in-house teams can also be a challenge. When communicating through emails or chats, it's easy for information to get lost or misunderstood, which can lead to confusion and frustration.
Another challenge is fostering social connections between team members who may be working remotely from different locations.
For people to work well together, there needs to be team cohesion and trust. This can be difficult when members of the team are isolated from each other, which can lead to a lack of understanding and empathy.
Remote and hybrid work can also create obstacles when it comes to innovation. As teams are dispersed across multiple locations, brainstorming ideas can be more challenging.
Ideas may get lost in the shuffle and team members don't have the same level of access to resources or assistance that they would if everyone were in one place.
They also might lack trust and understanding of each other, making it difficult for them to come up with creative solutions.
The lack of in-person contact can make it difficult to build a strong company culture. Without the ability to meet face-to-face and interact with each other, teams may struggle to develop trust and understanding between members.
There’s also the risk of employees feeling isolated from their colleagues and disconnected from the company mission.
If you don't have systems in place that share and connect people to your company's values, mission, and purpose, your team may have trouble feeling truly part of the organization.
5. Employee Engagement
Keeping employees engaged is tricky in any type of work setting, but it can be even more difficult when you're dealing with hybrid teams.
Engagement is a complex issue, but it has to do with making sure that each employee feels valued and connected to the company.
Without systems in place to create a sense of community, employees may feel ignored or miss out on important updates and decisions.
Also, if you don't find a way to share successes, celebrate wins, and recognize hard work, your team may struggle to stay motivated.
How Lorino Can Help
As you can see, most of the issues related to hybrid and remote work stem from the lack of communication, so having the right tools in place is essential. And Lorino was created for that purpose specifically.
In the midst of the pandemic, with all our colleagues working from home, we saw the need for an all-in-one platform to keep everyone connected, informed, and engaged.
So we created Lorino to do just that.
Our platform helps organizations foster better communication, collaboration, and innovation among remote, hybrid teams with its simple yet powerful functionalities.
1. Post updates, announcements, and other info in bite-sized posts
Keeping everyone informed and involved starts with easily accessible and digestible information. With Lorino, you can post updates, announcements, and other info in bite-sized posts that your team can access quickly at any time.
In order to not add to the information overload of hybrid workplaces, Lorino has no push notifications. This means that the posts, news, and updates you post will be seen by everyone when they log into the platform – but only when they choose to.
2. Centralize information and easily target content
Having a centralized hub for all your company information is essential in any company, but even more so for hybrid work.
Lorino allows you to easily organize documents, files, and other resources on our platform so everyone can access them as needed.
You can also target the content to either specific teams, departments, or the entire organization by assigning posts to different topics.
This makes Lorino also easily searchable, which is a key feature to look for when it comes to information management.
3. Create a sense of community
While having plenty of channels for formal exchanges is great for day-to-day operations, it’s not enough to create a strong bond among hybrid teams.
That’s why Lorino allows you to post photos and videos from events, share successes and interesting stories, or simply engage in casual conversations with colleagues.