Towards the end of last year, many business leaders were looking to the New Year as a time for the resetting of the corporate agenda and a gradual return to a working life that resembled pre-pandemic times. Of course, the rapid rise and takeover of the Omicron variant put an end to any such thoughts, with infections and case numbers surging to an all-time high across Australia.
As the spread of the variant winds down and more and more employees return to offices, shops, and work sites, the hybrid work arrangements formed during the onset on the pandemic are sticking hard.
Continuing to shape and become the backbone of work practices at many workplaces, hybrid working ticks a lot of boxes for a great many knowledge workers, as we discovered last year when we took the pulse of our people in relation to how they wanted to work. While two-thirds of our staff wanted to continue with hybrid working, research is now emerging showing workers are prepared to leave companies that do not offer flexible work arrangements.
The study, published by the Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University of Technology in December 2021, set out to better understand the experience and aspirations of the traditional Australian office worker. Key insights taken from the study include:
Source: Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University of Technology
Supporting Consistent Experiences
With talent engagement, attraction, and retention a top priority at most companies, cultivating a flexible working culture is becoming a pressing issue. And as companies grabble with supporting this new work world, it is likely we’ll see the emergence of office hubs in key locations to support activity-based human interactions.
Central to achieving success with a hybrid work world is the enterprise mobility strategy and remote technology employed to support this post-pandemic world of work. To support office-like high service delivery from anywhere, it is critical to take advantage of video conferencing, virtual networks, and online communication tools under the mantle of unified communications as-a-service (UCaaS).
Offering a single system for your people to use and manage, UCaaS provides everything they need for communication and collaboration, minimising the hassle of jumping in and out of apps to stay connected. As an all-in-one system for communications, it’s far easier for your IT team and security professionals to manage. Provisioning cloud-based communication tools can be accomplished in next to no time, while keeping everyone secure with regular patches and updates is a piece of cake, no matter where they are located.
To learn more about the right UCaaS solution for your needs, team up with imei for help delivering on the promise of UCaaS flexibility, reliability, and security. We provide guidance on how communications tools work together and which solutions work best together.