Boost Productivity with a Hybrid Workforce

A corporate advantage.

Sep 17, 2018

The term, "hybrid" takes on a whole new meaning in business today. The hybrid workplace can be a synthesis of full-time and temporary employees, a mix of multiple generations working in unison, or team members who demonstrate a balance of both soft and hard skills. Employers on-board with this model hire full- and part-time workers, have a multi-generational team, and the perfect combination of employees with right and left-brain intelligence. 

As a corporate leader, it's advantageous for you to get up to speed on this new hiring model, learn how to implement new strategies, and manage it.

Characteristics of a Hybrid Staff
  • A multi-generational group of employees working collectively (Baby Boomers, Millennials, and Gen-Xers)
  • Full-time employees working side-by-side with contract and temporary employees
  • Contract employees with specialized abilities
  • Full-time workers who are capable in both technical and creative skills
  • Workers who have a mix of traditional soft skills and hard, technical proficiency

Going Hybrid
Creating a plan
  • Know the result you want to achieve before establishing your strategy.
  • Create a strategy for full and part-time staffers to work collaboratively.
  • Train managers to work with blended staff.
  • Ensure contingent staff feel like they're part of the group.
  • Strengthen contingent personnel and create stable relationships to assure their availability when needs arise. 
  • Define responsibilities and project outcomes.
  • Monitor results and consistently evaluate.
Ensuring a smooth transition
  • Look for the right people, not necessarily the right experience.
  • Be creative in your offer and compelling in your culture.
  • Offer more training to your full-time, permanent staff so they can efficiently perform various tasks.
  • Cultivate a desirable employee experience for remote employees via adaptive work environments and enhanced digital capabilities.  
  • Develop strong relationships with freelancers to ensure accessibility when needing extra people to satisfy peak demand seasons.
Supporting your hybrid team
  • Identify the imbalances: Even though in-house and remote employees have different advantages/disadvantages, look for ways to balance the scales.
  • Create a secure communication system to keep everyone connected.
  • Measure performance by results.
  • Create work space and opportunities that support employees’ working style.
  • Trust is a must – don’t micromanage.
Reaping the Benefits

The hybrid workplace brings with it many benefits:

  • The ability to expand your current talent pool
  • Access to a broader range of specialized skills that reach beyond those of your permanent employees
  • Strong ties with specialty talent on an as-needed basis  
  • Access to a wider geographic range when you need temporary specialists 

According to "Freelancing in America," a study conducted by Edelman Intelligence,

"The majority of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers within a decade (by 2017)."

Technology and how humans work are simultaneously evolving.  Keeping pace with the increasing demands of business will require that you think out of the box. This type of workforce will allow you to increase your bottom line and cut expenses. Begin now to create cohesive teams by integrating highly specialized contract staff with permanent staff, and you'll be on your way. 

Lofton Staffing is an excellent source for building your hybrid staff. Since 1979, Lofton has built a reputation on providing staffing solutions that companies can rely on to make their businesses more efficient, cost-effective and profitable. Our purpose is to provide the best service possible. Contact us today for all your staffing needs. 

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