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6 steps for businesses to take in 2022 for a competitive edge

Everybody is moving to the cloud and bracing for the next big change: hybrid work. In 2022 and beyond, majority of the workforce worldwide will shuffle between remote work and in-office work.

As a business owner or manager, it’s crucial for you to join the cohort of early adopters and gain a competitive edge in the race for leveraging the hybrid work landscape. The six steps listed below can help you gain actionable insights:

1. Leveraging disruptive cloud collaboration tools

In a hybrid work landscape where workflow will be divided remotely and in office, businesses need to use industry-leading cloud collaboration tools to put the dynamism of hybrid work to their advantage. As such, migrating from traditional cloud platforms like Box to OneDrive, SharePoint Online, and Google Shared Drives comes as an invaluable move.

It’s only through using cloud suites with feature-rich collaboration tools that it becomes possible for businesses of all sizes to facilitate a seamless switch between remote and in-office work.

2. Improving operational efficiency with cloud automation

Companies are on a constant lookout for ways to improve operational efficiency in order to improve turnaround times and scale up revenue generation. In 2022 and beyond where hybrid work will be the most disruptive trend, businesses can improve their operational efficiency by leaps and bounds by leveraging automation, specifically cloud automation.

What’s interesting to know is that there are already several industry-leading cloud automation platforms, with Microsoft Power Automate being one of the best options. And in order to leverage automation, it’s worth moving to the Microsoft 365 suite, even if it means migrating from leading cloud storage platforms such as Google Drive to OneDrive and SharePoint Online.

3. Capitalizing on the metaverse

There is no denying the fact that the metaverse will have a significant impact on the hybrid work landscape in 2022 and beyond. If anything, technologies and cloud tools based on the metaverse will play a key role in boosting meaningful collaborations.

For example, Microsoft is revamping its popular chat collaboration platform, Microsoft Teams, with mixed-reality features to make it ready for the metaverse wave.  As a business owner or manager, you will not only improve collaboration and efficiency by capitalizing on the metaverse but also boost employee feel-good factor.

4. Focusing on building a global team

The 2020 pandemic lockdown proved that only businesses having a global team can flex resiliency regardless of the scale of disruption that uncertain times can bring. This is why as a business owner/manager, it’s important to focus on building a global team in 2022 or beyond.

Having a global team translates to distributing the workflow all over the globe instead of cluttering it in one specific geographical region. And the more well-distributed the workflow, the better the resiliency of any company.

5. Using cloud-based HR tools

Dynamic and scalable human resource management has never been more important since the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. As part of making changes to adapt do the new hybrid work landscape, it’s important for all business owners or decision-makers in the company to prioritize using disruptive cloud-based human resource tools such as Zoho.

Having a dynamic HR management team is more important if you plan to build a global team your business. Apart from hiring the right each other managers, using disruptive HR tools and platforms will play a key role in helping you transform the way you do business around the globe.

6. Creating a flexible work environment

Flexible work environment will be the next big thing among the hybrid work disruption. In fact, flexible work environment and hybrid work model will have a mutual symbiotic relationship with each other which companies need to understand and capitalize on.

Apart from ensuring flexibility in working hours and shifts, business managers also need to prioritize on offering better healthcare facilities as part of building a better work culture in the hybrid work landscape. All of these factors will contribute to the overall growth of the company through employee satisfaction.

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