Transitioning to Hybrid Work? Check Out These Collaboration Tools

Hybrid work — where employees work in the office, from home, or both — is fast becoming the new normal. Google, Ford, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Reddit have all announced that they’re going hybrid; other major companies will likely follow suit. But creating an effective hybrid environment isn’t as easy as re-opening offices and turning everything into a Zoom meeting for the people who aren’t in the room. Companies face big questions about how they plan to build equitable and diverse work environments for remote and in-person employees, eliminate proximity bias in hiring and management, and right-size office space for a new way of working. And then there’s the matter of actually getting things done.

The nature of collaboration changes when some employees are in the office and others are remote. How should cross functional teams work together? What’s the best way to manage direct reports who don’t work in the building? What tools can help us work asynchronously and get the most out of meetings when we all have Zoom fatigue? The answer: collaboration technology.

BCG, Hybrid Work is the New Remote Work (Sept. 2020)

A growing market of enterprise collaboration solutions offers tools for everything from brainstorming sessions to board meetings. Gartner forecasts that the worldwide social software and collaboration market will grow 17% and reach $4.5B this year. Investors, cognizant of the pandemic’s impact on the way we work, have helped new industry entrants raise sizable funding rounds.

Is your organization shifting to hybrid work? Here’s how best-in-breed collaboration tools can help you connect with your colleagues and keep projects on track.

Work as we know it is changing — and companies must decide what they want their workplaces to look like.

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