Splitting work time between home and office—the hybrid model— is becoming more common; one result of this has been the development and release of software/apps to make virtual communication more manageable and more effective.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a global re-think about how we approach work. The resultant hybrid work model is supported by digital advances in communications which can now better support personal preferences that might include working remotely. In addition, global software companies are releasing programs that make virtual communication easier to use. This article makes the following points:
- Adobe focuses on how workers navigate the 'digital fabric'
- Facebook is focused on maintaining cultural cohesion.
- Googles' Workspace emphasises collaboration equity regardless of location, role, experience level, language, and device preference.
- Microsoft Teams has integrated hybrid work into the newly released Windows 11 operating system.
The challenge for ADF leaders is to apply these tools to promote engagement, relate to a common culture, and support wellbeing in an environment where direct, in-person contact might now be much less frequent than before.