Nicola Band

The great return to the office: the seven monster threats thwarting your successful transition to a hybrid workplace

We’re going back to the office.

But no one is sure exactly in what numbers or at what speed.

Will it be 80% in the office, 20% at home…or vice versa? Will it happen quickly or bit by bit?

In this transition, many of our predictions for the future of work in 2021 can be seen to be emerging: new modes of communication and collaboration, the changing role of leadership, the prioritisation of the employee experience, diversifying talent pools and new ways of structuring organisations.

One thing’s for sure: it will never be quite the same again. In this new world, the most successful businesses are those that can offer a flexible, hybrid workplace that caters to different needs.

A hybrid workplace is designed to support a shifting combination of in-office and remote workers.

This is a journey that all companies will have to take. And there are HUGE opportunities for companies that get this right: access to the top talent, a golden reputation as a top-tier employer, sustainable productivity and unshakeable resilience in the face of adversity.

Traps and Pitfalls on the Way to the Future of Work

At Future Worx, we’re already helping FTSE 100 enterprises to navigate their transformation to this new way of working. We’re seeing every day what works and what doesn’t work, and we’ve noticed a pattern of pitfalls or traps that hold companies back. We call these the seven ‘monster threats’ to the Future of Work.

Our latest eBook, The Great Return to the Office: The Seven Monster Threats That Will Thwart Your Successful Transition to a Hybrid Workplace, gives the gruesome details of these monsters, the carnage they can wreak in your organisation and, most importantly, provides guidance on what you can do to stop these beasts in their tracks! 

Let me introduce you to the feral fiends that want to sabotage your transition to a hybrid workplace. 

1. The Electric Efficiency Eel

Up until now, businesses prioritised efficiency, which proves brittle in the new world.

The electric efficiency eel will worm its way into the psyche of your organisation, delivering sudden shocks that will destroy anything that is merely efficient and not resilient.

2. The Inclusion Imp

As a fluctuating hybrid mix of home and office workers waxes and wanes, there are many opportunities for the minority group to get overlooked or excluded.

This little fellow will sow the seeds of conflict and disharmony in your teams, creating a disengaged, disenfranchised tier of second class citizens in your organisation.

3. The Talent Troll

As remote working becomes the norm, where, how and why companies look for top talent must also transform. 

The talent troll will smash any organisation to pieces that is still trying to hire people as if they were static cogs in an unchanging machine.

4. The ‘Generation Z’ Zombie

Generation Z (who are now 18-25 years old) have had it tough during the pandemic, facing deeper financial and social impacts from lockdowns than their more settled older colleagues.

The Gen Z zombie will lurch into your company, starving your poor Gen Z’ers of the support they need to be engaged and productive in trying times and demolishing your talent pipeline.

5. The Modularity Minotaur

Today’s API-based world of software offers incredible opportunities for hyper-personalised, ‘modular’ toolsets that cater exactly to your employees’ needs in a more changeable future.

But this beast will convince you that it is too expensive and disruptive to cast out your monolithic legacy solutions and embrace modular, custom-fit technologies.

6. The Network Naga

Our networks have shrunk during the pandemic. We have hunkered down in our virtual teams, limiting cross-pollination with colleagues across the business. When we return to work, these networks will have to be revitalised. 

However, the nasty naga will poison your work networks and communities with the twin fangs of siloes and hierarchies, threatening collaboration, innovation and productivity.

7. The Motivation Medusa

As the world of work shifts, people’s motivations are changing to prioritise autonomy, mastery, community and purpose. 

The eyes of the alluring medusa will petrify you into returning to the world where people just do their job and are not motivated by anything other than money and prestige.

“There is no way to know exactly what the world will look like a year from now. Instead of predicting that world, focus on preparing for it.”

Amy Webb, Founder, Future Today Institute and Professor of Strategic Foresight, NYU School of Business

Are you ready to face these beasts as you wind your way towards the hybrid workplace? Join Whitebeard, the Future Worx Wizard, on his quest to slay the beasts that imperil the future of work! Download the new eBook: The Great Return to the Office right here.

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