Most technology companies, particularly the large ones such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, have realised that the future of many office environments post-COVID is going to be a hybrid mixture of remote and office working.
One of the things demonstrated by the pandemic is that many people have the capacity to work from home; while some people may find this a more difficult situation and prefer to travel to and from an office in order to work, others will undoubtedly be pleased with the steps that many workplaces have taken to offer a more flexible working environment. This is really down to individual requirements and personalities – some team members may feel they have improved productivity or focus if they have the leeway to work mostly from home, others may feel like they need the contact and surroundings of a regular office environment in order to apply themselves to full effect. The key is really in allowing team members the option to figure out where they work best – and platforms such as Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 have implemented various features to allow this hybrid environment to operate more smoothly.
As we’ve found out over the past year and a half, physical distance does not mean that teams cannot be productive and collaborative – in fact, the option to work from home or a remote location has led to increased productivity for some. Microsoft is keen to encourage this, and is making additions and adjustments to its M365 suite (Teams platform in particular) in order to help this process. Google is also front and centre, with Google Workspace offering some interesting and useful features for those looking to move to a more flexible working environment.
Equal access to information, resources, communication and collaboration are at the forefront of these efforts – ensuring that no one is left out is one of the keystones to a successful working team.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a look at some of the useful features that popular software suites such as Google Worskpace and Microsoft 365 have added or are looking to add, to help workplaces adjust to a hybrid environment, for everyone’s benefit.