10 Advantages of the Digital Workplace and Hybrid Working

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Why is the "new normal" just becoming normal?

It’s one of the most prominent debates of our time: Are you #TeamWorkFromHome or #TeamOfficeWorking? What if we told you there is a beautiful middle ground where both can exist harmoniously?

Hybrid working uses a digital workplace to offer employees the flexibility to choose how they work. While the old normal has its benefits, productivity is approximately the same and the new normal doesn’t impact those benefits as much as you may think (and there are other additional advantages too).

Home working has become an enormous part of the new normal, but as many businesses make a hasty rush to get back to the old normal, we’re going to make a case for maintaining a hybrid workplace.

1. Embracing accessibility for diverse and regional talent

will expand your talent pool and help you find the best people to drive your business forward. Ambition and talent shouldn’t be limited by your geographic location or the ability to do a daily commute. These qualities exist everywhere, coming from all different circumstances and walks of life, and hybrid working unlocks your access to this.

2. Offering better flexibility for employees

through hybrid working can give your people a better quality of life. According to a study conducted by Gettysburg College, one third of your life is spent working. By giving staff the freedom and flexibility at work they need, it means their career can grow in harmony with their personal goals. You’ll not only see an increase in performance, but you’ll also find your staff are much happier.

3. Improving employee mental health

has also seen a noted advantage for businesses offering a hybrid solution. MHA conducted a study and found that 75% of respondents wanted to work from home to reduce stress and improve productivity. Offering a hybrid solution so your people have autonomy over their working environment could see your efficiency soar while stress-related absences plummet.

4. Less burn out and more engagement

from your employees is no longer a distant utopia. The LSE reported that engagement in work has increased by 75% for respondents working from home. There are a myriad of new studies exploring the benefits and value of flexible working, the vast majority of which have extremely positive results when it comes to burn out, work life balance, and engagement and satisfaction in work.

5. Agile onboarding and offboarding workflows

are both brilliant benefits of utilizing a digital workplace. Pre-pandemic, hybrid manual onboarding and offboarding was commonplace, but since many were forced to work from home, businesses have implemented automated workflows for the offboarding and onboarding. These work just as well with remote staff as they do for those sitting at the next desk.

6. Cost savings can be made

by utilizing a digital workplace. Where you would otherwise have high spending for travel, facilities and on-site servers, by using a productivity suite and integrated SaaS, you can collaborate with your peers from anywhere in the world for a fraction of the cost. Fully remote companies may not have a need for an office space at all, but even hybrid organizations can benefit from maintaining a reduced office space without the wasted space. Plus, you can grow without limits in a truly agile way, so making strategic new hires doesn’t come with an insurmountable facilities bill.

7. A more collaborative workplace

is the way forward. With a digital workplace, it has never been easier to ping a message to your colleague, hop on a quick video call or work on a document together without unnecessary meetings clogging up your diary. Integrating collaborative SaaS applications can help the creativity of your business flourish by connecting you with your peers when and where you need them.

8. Seamless intuitive management and automation

will keep that ever-growing pile of banal IT admin down to a minimum. With something like the CloudM Platform, you can keep the day-to-day of your business managed without a hitch, no matter where you are. When you don’t need to manually keep an eye on creeping license costs or email signatures, everything can be just so at a fraction of the energy.

9. Headacheless data compliance

may seem like an ideal of the future, but it’s possible right now. At CloudM, we recognise that managing all the data you have to retain while staying compliant can be an enormous project for teams already inundated with work. But by embracing a digital workplace, you can utilize innovative technologies such as Archive, a powerful part of The CloudM Platform. Features like this can manage, retain and restore data compliantly at the touch of a button and can also schedule purges for when data is no longer needed.

10. Ease in company growth

is an organic part of implementing a digital workplace into your business model because it offers empowerment to your workforce. Employees have access to the resources they need to thrive from day one, and all automatically. According to Finances Online, companies who’ve embraced a digital workplace have seen a quicker growth than companies who haven’t evolved with the times.

That’s just ten quick reasons to stick with a hybrid workplace. By embracing digital, you future proof yourself, your employees and your business. Having been certified by Flexa, at CloudM, we practice what we preach and actively encourage others to evolve with the digital age. While there has never been more opportunity and innovation, keeping your finger on the pulse has never been more crucial to a business’ survival. So, from us here at CloudM, we say: Keep your eye on the future. Stay digital.

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