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How To Create A Successful Hybrid Work Environment

How To Create A Successful Hybrid Work Environment

As companies scramble to establish a “new normal” after being thrust into remote work during 2020, many are establishing hybrid work environments. But what exactly are they, and how can you make one work for your team? We’re breaking it all down so you, too, can create a successful hybrid work environment for management and employees alike.

What is a Hybrid Work Environment?

According to a recent survey from Glassdoor, nearly 9 out of 10 employees say that they prefer to continue working from home at least part-time after their offices have reopened. However, the pandemic uncovered challenges with fully remote teams such as disjointed teams, decreased creativity, and lower morale. Thus, the hybrid work environment was born. It is a fluid system that provides a happy medium between in-office stability and WFH freedom.

How Can We Make A Hybrid Work Environment Successful?

Empower Employees To Choose

One of the most beneficial aspects of a hybrid work environment is that employees can choose what works best for them. Provide structure if necessary (everyone must be in the office on Mondays for an all-hands meeting), but leave flexibility. This will allow your employees to set themselves up for success and give them a sense of autonomy over their careers. You will be amazed at the shift in attitude and productivity.

Provide Tools

As acknowledged previously, remote work comes with challenges. To combat this, provide your employees with the right arsenal of tools. Investing in messaging software such as Microsoft Teams or Slack will allow your team to stay connected, whether in the same building or not. Encourage video calls over phone calls so people can still get some “face-to-face” time. When encouraging a hybrid work environment, help your employees create a productive work-from-home space. Provide an additional monitor, phone, keyboard, and mouse to keep them from having to lug materials back and forth.

Check-In Regularly

Hybrid work environments aren’t just “set it and forget it.” You need to check in with employees regularly to ensure their success and the overall success of your team. Are they staying on track and achieving regular milestones? Do they require additional support? Is the hybrid model working for them?

One of the best things about a hybrid work environment is that it is an adaptive working model. You can (and should) make adjustments as time goes on. Be sure to establish success metrics and implement regular assessments. In the end, your goal is to foster a flexible environment that promotes creativity and productivity.

How To Thrive In A Remote Work Environment

How To Thrive In A Hybrid Work Environment

When the working world was turned upside down by COVID-19, many companies moved to a remote work environment. And to everyone’s surprise, it actually went great! In fact, a recent survey revealed that nearly 9 in 10 employees prefer to continue working from home at least part-time. As states and countries continue to open up, leaders are faced with a decision: have people come back to the office or continue working from home. Thus, the hybrid work environment was born, empowering employees to choose where they work best. While a hybrid work setup comes with many benefits, it also presents unique challenges. So, in order to thrive in a hybrid work environment, stick to these three guidelines.

Stick to Routine

When your work environment changes throughout the week, it can feel chaotic and untethered at times. By sticking to the same routine, whether in the office or at home, you provide a steadying anchor for yourself. Wake up at the same, maintain your morning rituals, and log in at the same time when you work at home. Then, over the course of your day, take regular breaks, including a lunch break. And perhaps most importantly, log off at the same time you would if you were in office. This will help draw boundaries between your work and personal life, even if the environment is the same.

Plan Ahead

Do you create a plan for each working day? If not, now is a great time to start! Planning ahead will help you avoid the awkward “where was I?” every time you start work. Whether you create a detailed hour-by-hour plan, a more general daily outline, or even a goal list for the week, a plan will give you structure. Setting up calls or Zoom meetings is also easier when you know your schedule for the week, and you can plan around possible distractions or excess noise.

Communicate Often

When you work in a hybrid environment, it’s up to you to maintain excellent communication. Even in-office meetings and collaboration may look different these days, so it’s important to keep up your professional relationships. Set up regular coffee chats, utilize your company messaging tools, and call to check in on your coworkers. A little investment goes a long way when it comes to communication!

In conclusion, a hybrid work environment can be great for both managers and employees. Set yourself up for success from the start through consistent routines, planning, and effective communication.

Is Job-Hopping Making A Return?

Is Job-Hopping Making A Return?

With summer quickly approaching, employers are beginning to ramp up their hiring efforts. Last month, the U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs with a reported unemployment rate of 6.1%. As the virus continues to get further in the rearview mirror, employed job seekers are gaining more confidence in their job prospects. As a result, job-hopping is back, and this is how you can jump on board.

How confident are job seekers with job-hopping?

Over the last year and a half, there has been a lot of uncertainty. Millions of people were without work, while those lucky to hold onto their jobs shared an uneasy feeling. Thus, most Americans were “sheltering in job.” In other words, their focus was on holding a position with a steady paycheck and stability to get through these challenging times. However, with things finally returning to normal, workers are gaining confidence in exploring other opportunities.

According to LinkedIn’s latest Workforce Confidence Index, 48% of full-time employed job seekers feel more confident in increasing their income. Additionally, with optimism regarding the increased availability of jobs, there is a renewed faith in job-hopping to accelerate one’s career. The survey reveals that 42% of employed job seekers are more confident with taking their careers to the next level. With the economy opening back up, this trend will continue to accelerate through the rest of the year. So, with more Americans confident with their job prospects, how can you find a new opportunity in this competitive market?

Finding a remote job

Some people are chomping at the bits to get back to the office. Others have found that working from home is more accommodating for their lifestyles, families, and job happiness. The result is job seekers searching for new remote opportunities. Since this may be your first time searching for a remote job, you may be scratching your head and wondering where to start. Lucky for you, we have a brief guide on how to secure a remote job after the pandemic. From updating your resume to hacking the job boards, we cover it all so you can focus on finding a new remote job.

Working with a professional recruiter

If you are actively searching for a job but still employed, you probably don’t have the energy and time you would ideally like to invest in your job hunt. After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is scour the job boards and read through dozens of job descriptions. If this sounds like your current situation, it might be a good fit to partner with a recruiter. Professional recruiting firms take much of the leg work out of the job search by presenting you with opportunities that match your career goals and experience. If you are currently looking at job-hopping to advance your career but need some assistance, JSG is here to help.

Our recruiting team is here to help you find your next career opportunity. So, if you are searching for a new position, reach out to us today! We have exciting opportunities across North America with employers in dire need of top talent like you. Let’s work together to make this career advancement a reality.

The Easy 5-Step Strategy To Hire Remote Employees

The Easy 5-Step Strategy To Hire Remote Employees

Implementing a great hiring process is difficult enough, let alone a process to hire remote employees while your whole team is working remotely! Our best advice is to keep it simple. Focus on what matters, and let the rest fall away. For guidance, follow our easy 5-step strategy to hire remote employees.

Write A Great Job Description

It all starts with a great description. If there isn’t enough information in the job description, you will get an influx of unqualified resumes. On the other hand, if your job description includes a laundry list of complicated qualifications, you could deter talented candidates who don’t meet every single unnecessary qualification. For a remote position, be sure to detail the remote-work situation throughout, even if it’s just temporarily remote. You want that to pique the interest of the right candidates!

Additionally, use the job description to entice candidates. Share insight into your company culture, a glimpse into the day-to-day tasks, and information about benefits and perks. If it’s a permanent remote position, explain the support you provide to remote employees.

Define Your “Must-Haves”

In an incredibly competitive job market, you might receive hundreds of applications for one opening. Thus, it’s essential that you define your absolute must-have non-negotiables. Limit these to one or two of the most important qualities. That way, you can prioritize candidates that meet your most critical needs. For a remote position, this should include common remote work skills and experience.

Ask The Right Interview Questions

Now, more than ever, behavioral questions are instrumental to the hiring process. In the current job market, don’t be afraid to dig deep with candidates! Have them explain how they react to common remote work situations like frustrating Zoom calls, technology struggles, or unclear lines of communication. How they answer will be a great indicator of how they work remotely. Additionally, ask questions specific to your team or company culture to really cover all of your bases.

Check Their References

When you hire remote employees, it is entirely appropriate to request references that worked with them in a remote capacity. Making this specific request will grant you the opportunity to get a first-hand account of the candidate’s true ability to work remotely.

Extend An Offer Promptly

There are some incredible candidates on the market today; however, they won’t last long! Talent with remote work experience is in high demand, and your competition could sweep them out from under your feet. Make sure your interviews are effective so you can extend an offer and hire remote employees quickly.

Looking for more hiring advice? Explore our hiring resources here.

6 Tips For Starting A New Job Remotely

6 Tips For Starting A New Job Remotely

In today’s climate – many employees are finding themselves starting a new job under unusual circumstances. Many companies are still working from home, including new hires.  It is intimidating, to say the least, as this is completely new territory for both managers and employees! If you have recently been hired and are now prepping for your first remote day, follow this guide to make the transition as seamless as possible.

Set Up Your Workspace

If you’re relatively new to working from home, you need to set the stage. It won’t suffice long-term to lounge on the couch while you work! Make sure you have a separate area designated only for work, even if it’s temporarily a card table set up in the corner of the living room. Gather all of your supplies – laptop, monitor, charging cords, wireless mouse, pen, notebook, etc. Give everything it’s own spot prior to your first day to set yourself up for success.

Clarify Expectations

You need to clarify expectations early and often. It should be one of the first things you discuss with your supervisor, and you should also check in frequently throughout your first few weeks of working. Here are just a few of the things you need to clearly understand:

  • Am I allowed to work a flexible schedule, or do I need to be online and available at certain times?
  • What are my priorities?
  • When I have downtime, what should I be working on?
  • What is the work from home dress code? If we have a team Zoom call, am I expected to dress in business casual?
  • Who are the team members I can reach out to when I need help?

Take Notes

When working from home, you are on a bit of an island. If you forget something that someone went over with you, it’s not as easy as turning to them or walking down the hallway to ask them to give you a reminder. So, every time you meet with someone or attend a training, take notes! Even if you need someone to repeat themselves, have them do so in the moment. They will definitely understand!

Build Relationships With Other Team Members

When you are starting a new job remotely, you miss out on the social setting of an office. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other members of the team and strike up a conversation. See if you can even schedule one-on-ones with people you will work with frequently. Then, you’ll have time to learn more about what they do, how long they’ve worked there, and how you can best work together.

Seek Out Opportunities To Go The Extra Mile

It can be difficult to set yourself apart when working in a remote position. You don’t see as many opportunities to jump in and offer services or ask someone “how can I help?” However, the opportunity is still there, you just have to proactively find it! Instead of jumping on Facebook during a lull in your workday, message a coworker and ask if there’s anything you can do to help them out. Frequently check in with your supervisor to see if there are projects you can assist with that may not be a part of your job description.

Establish Work-Life Boundaries

While we’ve listed this one last, it may be the most important. Did you know that a recent poll found that over half of people working remotely are experiencing burnout and overwork? That’s why it’s essential to establish boundaries first thing. Schedule in breaks throughout your day. (Yes, even if it means blocking out time on your calendar.) Get up and walk around frequently, and try to enjoy some time outside if you can!

Starting a new job remotely can be intimidating. You may have more questions than answers, but hopefully, our tips gave you a good baseline to establish the confidence you need to rock your first day! Interested in more tips on remote work? Head over to the JSG Blog!

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