The Transformation Trifecta at the Heart of the Hybrid Work Revolution

Avatar for Chris MacFarlandBy Chris MacFarland|Jun 7, 2022|7:30 am CDT

There’s no doubt that we have arrived at a hybrid work zeitgeist where work-from-anywhere has permanently changed the business landscape technologically, culturally and practically. Today, companies flex a new acumen that has allowed us to come back stronger after the uncertainties of the past two years. We now have the confidence of having been acutely pressure-tested against the realities that:

However, we should not get too comfortable with our newfound confidence. The question now is: With hybrid work here to stay, how efficient and sustainable is your strategy?

Now that we are beyond the “keeping the lights on” phases of darker days, maintaining a dispersed workforce that is collaborative and cyber-secure is the long-term imperative. Nearly half of employees will work remotely at least some of the time, according to a Gartner, Inc. report. That’s up from 30% pre-pandemic. Just 12% of businesses plan to bring their workforces back to the office on a full-time basis, according to a Metrigy report.

This is why now is the time for every company to reassess its hybrid work model—from real estate to culture and IT—to understand the impacts of panic-stricken pandemic processes, remaining gaps and capitalizing on the opportunities of an always-on everywhere strategy.

Evaluating your hybrid-work IT model comes down to a three-part formula—connectivity, cybersecurity and collaboration—as these are the key disciplines. However, the unity of the framework is what separates leaders from laggards. Most companies find that all three function in separate workstreams. Herein lies the problem. It’s time to unite these disciplines into one transformation trifecta so that the core elements of hybrid work actually work together. This creates a more secure, resilient and efficient environment for the end game.

Harmonizing Connectivity, Cybersecurity and Collaboration

Each discipline must be evaluated individually but also brought into the fold as part of the required triple-play for hybrid work success.

Connectivity

Cybersecurity

Collaboration

Pulling it All Together

While the hybrid workplace has multiple disciplines, they should be approached holistically. Look across each area of opportunity to create a cohesive system with synchronization at key areas of overlap. The modern workplace is redefined by a new level of digital transformation strategy across people, processes and organizational structure. These guiding steps can help you get started.

Today, the future is bright as companies recalibrate, making the work-from-anywhere revolution now sustainable for the future. In light of converging strategies and technologies, executives have a vast opportunity to rethink how their workforces and workflows can turn the disruption of the past two years into a competitive advantage for the next decade.

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