Productivity Over Location
Hybrid Working; Part 2
Pre-2020, there was still a prevalence in many companies that attendance in the office was linked to productivity, and those companies probably struggled the most with having to swing to a location-less environment. A previously centralised workforce probably worked from lots of emails, lots of meetings, slide decks and spreadsheets to consolidate and talk through information. There was an assumption that this would have continued while workers were remote, albeit less efficiently than being able to chat to colleagues.
Another repercussion of the pandemic is a greater awareness of the spread of infection – having been bombarded with hygiene messages for a year, the concept of people ‘soldiering on’ and dragging themselves into the office to show their face when they have a cold or flu is at best going to be frowned upon, and most likely become actively discouraged by companies. Being able to choose to work regardless of location maintains equivalent productivity in this scenario.
This is not a new problem by any means, but it affords companies the opportunity to review how they can best help workers operate on a day to day basis irrespective of location or time. One of the best ways to address this is the use of task management solutions.
These have grown in number over the past ten years as people seek to improve how people work and interact on projects and processes – the big players such as Monday.com, Wrike, Smartsheet and newer entrants such as ClickUp all offer the opportunity to pull staff away from email and spreadsheets to a structured, yet flexible way of defining work and workflow.