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Using Hybrid Collaboration Techniques to Inspire Tomorrow’s Talent

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Given the advances in communications technology and the impact of the global pandemic, it’s not surprising to hear that the business world has had to adapt quickly to changes in the way we work. In this article, we discuss the many advantages brought by an effective hybrid collaboration strategy, in relation to how it can bring major benefits to your organisation. The smoother your company transitions to this relatively new development, the brighter its future. And of course, the more your emerging talent can understand about the strategy, the greater the success that can be achieved.

Hybrid working is something most of us have become used to in recent years, but it brings with it a number of important challenges, including the likes of:

  • The possibility of workers feeling disconnected

  • The potential for strained relationships within the team

  • A disruption to ongoing work processes

  • Difficulties in understanding the overall culture of the company

  • An imbalance in feelings of togetherness between office workers and home workers

  • Less creativity due to too many people working alone

  • A general reduction in teamwork which can lead to lower morale

…and more.

A major 2022 report from Pulse has revealed higher levels of dissatisfaction, allied to increases of executive burnout, and should be seen as a cause for concern in the workplace. Especially worrying perhaps is the fact that almost half of the interviewees aged between 18 and 29 felt burned out already. As an interesting counterbalance to that, those workers who enjoy full flexibility in their working arrangements were shown to be almost 30% more productive.

Making the technology work for YOU

The message here is a clear one; adopting a smooth, mutually beneficial hybrid collaboration strategy brings major benefits to both the company and the employee. Therefore, if you’re an HR Manager or Early Talent Developer, you should be doing all you can to ensure your new graduate intakes know how to work effectively within these new, still-developing parameters. And although such arrangements are continuing to evolve, you can be sure that hybrid collaboration is here to stay.

Another important factor for employers to consider is that hybrid collaborations can be introduced gradually, and adapted accordingly as confidence in the arrangements, as well as in the individual employees, continues to grow. Data provided by the Institute of Student Employers indicated that graduates worked remotely for one or two days per week, with around a quarter of organisations surveyed expecting early career hires to work remotely at least three days a week.

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Development Beyond Learning has created a brand-new teaching module, designed to highlight the way that hybrid collaboration techniques can be introduced and adopted for graduate intakes in all sectors of industry, giving your organisation a golden opportunity to inspire your future talent towards greater and greater targets. With our help, your organisation can reap all the advantages and avoid all the potential pitfalls involved in hybrid working.

A new spin on an old concept

The principles behind remote working are nothing new, of course. In the 1980s, before the advent of the internet, Dag Ingvar Johansen’s Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) Matrix highlighted the potential for working across the barriers of location and time, opening up debates about various practices, including:

Even at that early stage, it was clear that remote working in some form could be hugely advantageous in a 24/7 business world. And while Johansen’s Matrix emphasised co-operation, the key phrase these days is collaboration. With crucial guidance from the team at DBL, your employees can do far more than help each other; they can actually collaborate in unison towards the greater goals, using their different perspectives to combine with a highly rewarding effect.

But although the move towards a more beneficial approach to hybrid collaboration is certainly in existence, there is clearly still more work to be done. According to an important study by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters, more than 60% of UK companies are developing hybrid models that are likely to become permanent. Your graduate intake each year will contain a number of potential leaders of the future, and with a greater understanding of hybrid collaboration you’ll be able to offer them a positive, productive working environment within teams of like-minded talents at just the right moment in time. You will then be creating and nurturing an environment that fosters continual improvements in the likes of:

DBL’s module will also offer information on issues such as the use of the right technology for various activities, setting reachable objectives for the team and the available networks that can and should be developed. These invaluable insights enable your new graduates to fully understand hybrid collaboration and what it can mean in practical daily usage.

Happy people, happy results

The long-term benefits of hybrid collaboration should also be seen as an important factor in the company’s future success. Making sure your graduate intakes are able to aim for and achieve their fullest potential will increase their personal investment in the business, while at the same time enabling them to enjoy the advantages of an improved work-life balance. Prominent research suggests that such an improvement has a positive influence on productivity, bringing further benefits to the employer.

With our highly innovative (and highly enjoyable) hybrid collaboration learning module, you can give future graduate intakes the building blocks needed to make the most of ultra-modern, ultra-rewarding working arrangements. To find out more, all you need to do is contact the team today. Tomorrow’s talent is being nurtured and developed today, so make sure your company is perfectly placed to reap the benefits.

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