Re-imagining the Workplace: Haystack Needle’s Blueprint for Hybrid Success

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Let’s face it, we have all come to enjoy remote work. There are undeniable benefits to working remote with flexibility being at the top of the list and a sense of work-life balance because being remote allows employees to work from anywhere they want. With remote work being favored over the now mainstream hybrid model, more and more companies are focusing on finding ways of motivating employees to come back into the office.

While many companies race to build a plan to bring employees back, one company, Haystack Needle has successfully developed building a hybrid workplace that was fully remote years before the pandemic. CEO Townsend Belisle shares that the key is to find a hybrid approach that works for each companies. As well, companies should focus on engagement, designated digital workspaces, relationship building, fostering work-life balance, online opportunities, hybrid approaches, and creating a positive culture. By taking a hybrid approach, companies can retain the benefits and flexibility of remote work while also fostering in-person connections and creating a positive work culture.

Businesses looking to bring their workers back to the office are grappling with how to retain the benefits and flexibility of remote work, and one company that was fully remote years before the pandemic has some tips for building hybrid workplaces that work for everyone. Each company needs to find the best fit, as hybrid work plans can take many forms. Employee time at home or the office can be applied to individual needs and it could even change throughout the year, based on projects or workflow.

When working remotely, engagement is a key antidote to isolation. According to Haystack, studies have shown that positive relationships increase productivity, so fostering those relationships while working remotely is important. Belisle also states that remote workers should have a designated digital workspace to connect meaningfully with colleagues.

Keep in mind that even if a digital workspace is optimized to promote team-building, it’s still good to make time to meet in person throughout the year, and it’s important to make those moments together count.

Companies looking to bring their workforce back into the office have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking a hybrid approach before location-locking their teams, according to Haystack. Bringing employees back part-time and doubling down on engagement during remote periods can soften the transition and show employees you’re as invested in their well-being as you are in the company’s success.