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An Effective Hybrid Work Model

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many companies realised that they can achieve the same level of productivity, if not more when employees work from home. Moreover, it was also evident that not all the employees need to be physically present in the office. As the business world is gearing towards normalcy, more and more companies are opting for a hybrid work model. While being cost-effective, this model is also generating better outputs.

As per Global Workplace Analysis, 56% of US workers are currently working from home (at least, for a major part of the week) and it is estimated that approximately 30% of the workforce will continue to work from home until 2022. In this new paradigm, companies have to seek out proper tools and methods to retain employees while maximising productivity and engagement for each employee.

In this blog, we are sharing three essential employee well-being steps that can help companies achieve sustained productivity and engagement from a hybrid workforce:

1. Focus on setting up remote workplaces for employees


In a recent survey, 92% of chiropractors have confirmed that the cases of neck pain, back pain, and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) have increased since the onset of the “work from home” scenario last year. The main reason behind this was traced back to the improper home-based office setups.

These haphazard and makeshift setups where employees spend around 7-8 hours of their day offered poor ergonomics that led to severe pain in the head, eyes, neck, shoulder, back, and hands. The worst part is that these cases are expected to rise further within the next two years. Therefore, the health of hybrid employees is a matter of serious concern for every employer.

To avoid issues associated with poor ergonomics, the companies can provide height-adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs along with other equipment that offers sound ergonomics.

2. Provide proper guidance to employees


Just offering all the facilities is not enough because, in most cases, the employees don’t even know how to use such tools effectively, and end up using the ergonomic setup like a regular table and chair. Thus, it becomes imperative to train them how to adjust the height and other metrics for their requirements to attain maximum benefits. Also, trainings on self-assessment techniques can make employees more focused, empowered and accountable.

3. Incorporate engagement tools to boost productivity


“Old habits die hard.” This quote is highly appropriate. It is quite difficult for employees to consistently maintain a good posture, despite all the external support through better workstations and other ergonomic equipment.

A better and more effective way to encourage employees to reap maximum benefits from their workstations is to incorporate a gamification strategy. Employers can engage employees in health and productivity challenges to keep them motivated towards maintaining their health. Apart from keeping the workforce healthy, such strategies also boost productivity.

“The productivity and engagement of the employees highly depend on their overall health and well-being.” Along with many other companies, EWS truly understands and incorporates this basic workplace phenomenon and is thriving!

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