Category: Business

How to Manage Hybrid Teams When Returning to the Workplace

Hybrid teams

July 14, 2021 | Business, Coworking, Shared Office Space, Virtual Offices

The past year has given leaders a crash course in handling remote teams. Everyone rose admirably to the challenge, pivoting to digital workspaces, virtual meetings, and cloud-based task management. But the gradual return to in-person working presents a new leadership challenge: managing hybrid teams.

We know by now that remote workers have fundamentally different work experiences from in-office workers. Managers need to work vigilantly to bridge the gap – and ensure that both camps have everything they need to work efficiently, effectively, and collaboratively. Here’s how:

Find Ways of Bringing People Together

One of the biggest challenges of a hybrid work environment is that remote workers are less visible – and this can have a significant impact on your team’s cohesion.To avoid an “us vs. them” situation, make sure remote workers feel seen and included. Make regular use of digital communication channels such as Slack, G-Suite, and Zoom, encouraging both work-related and “off-topic” conversations that foster camaraderie. And make specific, concerted efforts to check in with remote team members to show them that they’re acknowledged and appreciated. Give them room to open up about how they’re feeling and commit to taking concrete steps to fix any issues raised.

Break Down Silos – And Balance Workloads

When your team is split between in-person and remote workers, it’s easy for office-based workers to become your “go-to” team members due to convenience and visibility. But this can result in overwork of these individuals – and the exclusion of remote workers. Make it a point to break down functional silos, engage different team members on various tasks, and ensure that workloads are adequately balanced. This will improve visibility and inclusion for remote workers while ensuring that office-based workers aren’t burdened with being the point of contact for every task or project. And don’t forget to provide a centralized database of everyone’s roles, responsibilities, and contact details. This will help team members seek each other out and delegate tasks where required.

Prioritize Communication and Information-Sharing

Fast-growing organizations or companies in rapidly shifting markets are constantly taking in and disseminating new information. It’s all too easy for remote workers to get left behind. In addition to using the standard digital communication channels, make it a policy to record presentations, share meeting minutes, upload documentation and assets, and promptly disseminate any business-critical information so that remote workers don’t end up out of the loop. This may require you to spend some time speaking separately and specifically to remote team members so that they’re on an even information playing field. You’ll also want to take the time to define any new processes or communication approaches, including things like chains of communication and what type of information should be communicated using which channels.

Encourage Flexibility Around Working Arrangements

Many factors dictate whether an employee prefers to work from home or from the office, but those factors may vary from day to day. Rather than expecting an office-based worker to always be in the office or a remote worker to always be remote, organize your work environment so that employees have the option to work from home or the office if they desire. Encouraging remote workers to stop by the office from time to time can re-energize them, strengthen relationships, and help new team members put a face to a name. Similarly, allowing flexibility around the work hours and location for local workers can help build goodwill and reduce burnout. Shifting part or all of your workspace to a flexible working location such as a coworking space is another option – one that highlights that you’re proactively seeking to accommodate your team’s needs as the norms of contemporary working continue to shift and realign post-pandemic.

Talk To Us About Making Hybrid Working Work For You

At District Offices, we’re proud to offer a variety of highly amenitized on-demand workspaces in a series of strategically positioned locations in central D.C. Whether you’re seeking a hot desk arrangement for when remote workers “drop in,” occasional meeting room rental for when the whole team gets together, or a larger private office space that can flex with your team’s working preferences, we can help. Talk to us about how we can help your team make the transition to hybrid working as seamless, efficient, and positive as possible.

Coworking is Ideal for People in the Legal Profession Looking for Space

Legal Professionals

June 17, 2021 | Business, Coworking, Private Offices

As the world begins to return to in-person working, solo attorneys, lawyers, paralegals, and other law professionals are rethinking how and where they work. But large law offices or chambers can be expensive, inflexible, or scarce in terms of availability. Little wonder legal professionals looking for space are turning to coworking as a viable option.

Here’s why coworking can be the ideal workplace solution for people in the legal profession.

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Digital Technology is Not a Substitute for In-Person Connections

In-person Connections

May 5, 2021 | Business, Shared Office Space

This past year, businesses have scrambled to find new ways of working. In a socially distanced world where remote working has become a requirement, organizations small and large have found themselves working in environments completely mediated by digital technologies.

But while tech can bridge the gap in a pinch, it’s not a true replacement for human connection – and especially not over the long term.

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Don’t Let Your Home Office Be a
Barrier to Becoming a Certified
Business Enterprise

Certified Business Enterprise

April 26, 2021 | Business, Washington DC

If you’ve spent the past year working from home or outside D.C., you might have missed out on valuable procurement opportunities. The D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development gives preference to Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) companies – meaning that CBE-certified organizations get the first look when competing for government contracts.

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How to Find the Right Office Space for Your Company

Office Space

April 13, 2021 | Business, Dedicated Desks, Private Offices

The world of office space is rapidly changing. One year into the pandemic, most businesses are at the drawing board– analyzing if their current strategy is working for the company and its employees. Some bigger companies have announced switching to long-term remote working or hybrid options to include both remote and in-office work.

At a time when there are so many different ways to work, how do you find the right office space? What kind of options are available?

Keep reading to understand what to consider when looking for the right office space.

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5 Tax Season Tips for Small Business Owners

Tax Season

March 16, 2021 | Business

Tax season is stressful for everyone, but small business owners definitely feel it more than others. Front of mind may be anything from marketing, to hiring, to sales… the list continues. Small business owners wear many hats, and preparing for taxes can easily fall in the long list of to-dos. Let’s dive into a few tips that can help keep you organized with taxes and finances this tax season.

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What’s #Trending in the Workplace
for 2021

workplace trends

February 18, 2021 | Business

2020 has changed the workplace dramatically, affecting everything from how we communicate with our coworkers to how we do business with clients and market to customers. In 2020, on our District Offices’ blog, we covered new topics like virtual onboarding, how to hold safe in-person meetings, finding your remote work style, and more. And as we all hope for a return to normalcy, it’s hard not to wonder how much of this is here to stay?

With the vaccine rollout, there’s finally a small light at the end of this very long tunnel, so let’s look ahead into 2021 and focus on a few of the upcoming workplace trends.

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Welcoming Employees Back to the Office

Welcoming Employees Back

January 13, 2021 | Business, Shared Office Space

It’s a new year, and we’re all feeling a sigh of relief that 2020 is finally in the rearview mirror. However, this doesn’t mean that everything is suddenly back to normal. COVID-19 is still spreading across the US, and various restrictions remain. How can your company acknowledge this while supporting your employees? It’s time to set the tone for the new year, and we have a few ideas on how to welcome employees into 2021 and hopefully back into the office as well.

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Virtual Onboarding: 5 Steps to Onboard New Remote Employees

virtual onboarding

December 16, 2020 | Business, Virtual Offices

With remote working now the norm, the onboarding process has never been more important. Rather than the on-the-fly approach that many organizations are used to, a more structured effort is now essential to make sure that new hires aren’t missing out on vital info or connections. Here’s how to deliver a world-class onboarding for your new recruits.

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Agile Businesses Need Agile
Office Neighborhoods

office neighborhood

November 24, 2020 | Business, Coworking, Private Offices

When your workspace shapes how you work, it is little wonder that workplace design is on everyone’s minds. Organizations have always strived to create workplace environments that foster productivity and employee happiness. This is why we’ve seen the shift from cubicle farms to vast open-plan spaces – and now something in between. We call this flexible, something-for-everyone solution the “agile office neighborhood.”

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