We’re now more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has had a monumental shift on how organizations around the world are operating. Many companies have successfully transitioned to remote work, while others are splitting their time up between working from home and working in the office.
So, what does this mean for the future of work? Will organizations go back into the office once this is all over or will they stick to managing remote teams, and what does this mean for their team building initiatives?
Despite the success of remote work over the past year, it seems like most companies are heading toward a hybrid workplace where office employees rotate in and out of offices (working from home for the remainder of the week) that are specifically designed as shared spaces.
In fact, a new study from pwc found that despite remote work having been an “overwhelming success, the office is here to stay with hybrid workplaces likely becoming the new norm.
Most executives (68 percent) believe that people should be in the office at least three days a week to maintain a distinctive company culture, once the pandemic is no longer a concern. Moreover, 65 percent believe the office is “very important” to increasing employee productivity, while over half also consider the office very important for employee collaboration
The study said that this model “embraces the flexibility that most employees crave after working from home for months. It’s also a complicated way to organize the work week and is likely to transform a company’s culture, employee engagement, the way the work gets done and how office space is used.”
One of those complications is a company’s team building iniatives. If employees are mixed between working in groups in the office and working independently at home, how can a business organize an effective team building event that’s inclusive to the entire team?
That’s where hybrid team building comes in.
What is a hybrid team building event?
Hybrid team building activities provide organizations with the opportunity for both in-person and remote attendees to connect with one another. They are created to include both those within your company’s office as well as team members who are working from home.
Designed specifically for hybrid workplaces in which teams are located both in the office and from home, hybrid team building events create an inclusive and engaging atmosphere for groups of employees based in one location with those who are currently working remotely.
In fact, hybrid team building events are incredibly versatile. They can even be used to help connect teams for organizations that have multiple offices in different locations.
What are the benefits of a hybrid team building event?
Just like in-person and virtual team building events, hybrid team building events will bring your organization a huge number of benefits. To give you an idea of the ROI you will see from hosting a hybrid team building event, we have compiled some of the top benefits here:
- Improve communication among your team.
- Ensure every member of your team feels included.
- Give employees a motivation boost, and show team members that your company cares about their welfare.
- Build and maintain relationships between team members.
- Improve the productivity of your employees
- Empower your employees with the confidence to be creative and fost an environment of decision making.
- Provide recognition to employees for their hardwork.
- And a huge number of other benefits!
What team building activities are available in the hybrid format?
Does a hybrid team building event sound like the right activity to boost the morale of your team? Then you have come to the right place!
Teambonders has a range of hybrid team building activities that have been specifically designed to be inclusive, fun and improve communication and engagement among both your in-office and remote teams.
Our events - which include a range of engaging and exciting programs from health and wellness events to escape games and classic game shows - can even be customized to meet the unique requirements of your organization.
Want to learn more about hybrid team building events, how they are beneficial to your organization and how you can host one? Contact Teambuilders today. Our team of team building experts would love to discuss our programs and answer any questions that you may have.