When it comes to stating the obvious, a line from comedian Steve Martin comes to mind.
“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”
Discussing hybrid working and how it has taken hold, during and post-pandemic, is also a bit like stating the obvious.
According to a survey by accounting firm QXAS, 77 per cent of accountancy practices want to adopt the hybrid model.
The boom in technology not only makes this possible, but also desirable in many instances, suiting both employer and employee with cost savings.
Zooming in on virtual meetings
We all heard about Zoom and how it grew exponentially during lockdowns. Now the survey reports that time spent on Microsoft Teams has more than doubled globally from February 2020 to February 2021, with the average meeting lasting 10 minutes longer.
Accounting practices must integrate the latest technology into their processes to ensure a smooth hybrid working model. This includes a practical usage of video tools like Microsoft Teams and Zoom and ensuring there are secure VPN internet connections.
Challenges of working away from the office
Organisations must also look at staffing and HR challenges that arise from working from home, while providing robust equipment that will do the job effectively and deliver the best value to their clients.