January 2022 – How to foster collaboration in a hybrid world – tips from the experts

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As we enter the third year of this pandemic, new ways of working are becoming second nature — working from home, QR check-ins, rapid testing, isolation protocols.

For many of us, it’s simply the new routine.

But as we adapt, it’s important we recognise that for all the benefits of our new hybrid workplaces, they are creating a few new problems too.

One of the concerns we hear most is whether workplaces can recapture the sense of collaboration and innovation that characterised work before the pandemic.

When team members are split between working on site, working from home and working in isolation, it can be hard to create the environment for people to collaborate and innovate effectively.

So, to kick off 2022, we spoke to experts and business leaders about their experiences with keeping collaboration and innovation alive in a hybrid working model.

What are the best practices?

What are the traps to avoid?

And what are some tips you can implement in your own organisation in 2022 to ensure innovation and collaboration stay a core part of your workplace experience?

These are tips straight from some of the Best Workplaces™ in Australia and you won’t want to miss them. We’ve gained insights from a range of industries and experts to have you covered for whichever approach to collaboration your organisation would best benefit from, read below for these shared learnings.

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Samantha Huddle is the General Manager of Great Place to Work® in Australia and NZ. Sam has more than two decades of experience from the grassroots to the C-suite and helps businesses build high-trust, inclusive cultures that deliver tangible results. With experience across the government, philanthropic and corporate sectors, Sam brings a collaborative, values-driven approach and a passion for achieving social impact through business. Sam publishes a well-read monthly newsletter which can be read **here.**

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To be eligible for the World’s Best Workplaces list, a company must apply and be named to a minimum of 5 national Best Workplaces lists within our current 58 countries, have 5,000 employees or more worldwide, and at least 40% of the company’s workforce (or 5,000 employees) must be based outside of the home country. Extra points are given based on the number of countries where a company surveys employees with the Great Place to Work Trust Index©, and the percentage of a company’s workforce represented by all Great Place to Work surveys globally. Candidates for the 2017 Worlds Best Workplaces list will have appeared on national workplaces lists published in September 2016 through August 2017.