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by Jon Kent
Articles> Flexible Office Approaches - The Winter Showcase Wrap-up
Even when companies had desk booking software set up, people only started to come in regularly when they could plan their attendance on a spreadsheet.
The feeling amongst the office managers was that people weren't using the office because they didn't know when their colleagues were going in. They didn't want to be alone in the office, so decided to stay at home.
Providing a tool for employees to coordinate their attendance is key.
Any uncertainty about the office attendance plans, either through a lack of communication between employees or through vague company policies lead to fewer people using the office.
Try to baseline some sort of policy to set expectations. Once communicated, provide tools to enable and track if the policy is working or needs tweaking/changing.
Each company's hybrid working policy is likely to be different and could vary between each department or team. Some departments use specialist equipment that mean they cannot do their work from home, whereas others might only need to go in to the office once or twice a year.
Companies need to think about how their policies affect each department, and consider introducing per department policies.
Have open and honest conversations about what is working and what's not. But always focus on what's best for the team to be productive.
If one policy doesn't work, create a new plan.
We're in an exciting time of change. And while we've made some great progress in trying different ways of hybrid working, we're still at the start of this journey.
We all, employers and employees alike, need to keep an open mind. Be prepared to try new things and evolve as necessary. Experiment until each team finds its own hybrid identity.
It would be such a shame if we rigidly stick to our assumptions about the best route forwards and miss this opportunity to create a better world of work.
Lastly, I want to thank the Office Manager Portal and Miss Jones for organising the Winter Showcase event and say thanks to everyone that visited our stand to shared their experiences.