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From Nanny Shares To Daycare: How Three Wrike Parents Make It Work
Collaboration 7 min read

From Nanny Shares To Daycare: How Three Wrike Parents Make It Work

From a nanny share with another family to splitting the daycare drop-off, here’s how three Wrike parents make childcare work.

6 Steps for Planning a Hybrid Event
Marketing 5 min read

6 Steps for Planning a Hybrid Event

In March of 2020, businesses and event professionals postponed or canceled their painstakingly planned live events in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Virtual events soon became the norm, and organizers figured out new ways to engage audiences online.  Now, in the wake of the pandemic, a new type of event has emerged: the hybrid event. Hybrid events combine online and offline experiences, giving people a choice to attend in person or watch from the comfort and safety of their own homes.  From a business perspective, the benefits of hosting hybrid events are many: Access to a larger audience: The virtual side of your event can extend across borders and time zones, increasing your reach Increased ROI: A bigger reach can lead to greater sponsorship opportunities, and the flexibility of hybrid events reduces financial risk Easier data collection: Remote and onsite attendees can leave feedback via mobile event apps or in-person surveys Reduced environmental impact: There’s no need for attendees to travel, and you can cut back on catering and disposables Peace of mind: Team members and attendees alike can join in without putting themselves or others at risk According to a whitepaper by BizBash and Mediasite Events, four out of five event professionals believe hybrid events are here to stay. So, how do you plan a hybrid event, and what are the best practices for hosting a successful one? Hybrid event planning tips All events, whether in-person, virtual, or a mix of both, require careful planning. Consider these six tips to organize a successful hybrid event.  Set out a vision for the event Every event needs a clear purpose. Who is your hybrid event for? Why should they want to come? What will they learn? These are all important things to consider. Setting out your vision at the very beginning will provide more clarity as you plan the event — and give your potential audience an understanding of what to expect. Create a detailed event plan A plan is essential for any event, but especially for the delicate balancing act that is a hybrid event management. Ask yourself the following questions: How many sessions will be hosted per day? How long will the sessions run? Will there be different activities for both the virtual audience and in-person audience? Who are your speakers? What are your team’s roles and responsibilities for the event? You’ll also need to plot out a marketing strategy for each audience to build anticipation for the event, highlight the key speakers, and showcase exclusive sessions. Choose your hybrid event platform wisely When choosing a venue for an in-person event, you consider the location of the space, the facilities, and the capacity. The same care must be taken when selecting your virtual venue. You need a hybrid event platform that offers live streaming, session recording, engagement features like chat and polls, tech support, and high-quality video and audio. See if you can request a demo from your chosen virtual event platform before finalizing your decision.  Remember, many of your virtual attendees will require more breaks throughout the day or may only be able to log in for an hour or two. Make a plan to provide content on-demand so they can access it at a more convenient time to enhance their event experience.  Tailor your content to your audience Your hybrid conference should not feel like two separate events but one event that can be experienced in two ways. Prepare your presenters to be recorded and speak in front of a camera, and don’t include any activities that one section of your audience cannot participate in. Ensure your content is relevant to both sets of event attendees, or offer them an alternative if this is not possible, like a virtual networking session that runs alongside an onsite one. In joint sessions, engage your audience with live polls and Q&As and keep things snappy — no one, online or offline, wants to sit through a three-hour speech.  Communicate with your attendees Communicating with your audience is essential — it’s how you get the word out about your event. In the lead-up to your hybrid event, create an event webpage where attendees can register and access all the key details, from the location to the agenda. In the weeks beforehand, send out email reminders and tailored speaker announcements to build anticipation.  Keep up a high level of communication during the event too. Your virtual attendees will need clear instructions on how to register for the event, access the sessions, and use the platform’s engagement features. Lay everything out in pre-written FAQs and consider appointing a “virtual host” to guide attendees throughout the day. This host can remind the audience of the schedule, answer any questions they might have about the platform or event, and introduce virtual-only activities. Expect the unexpected As with any occasion that brings hundreds of people together, hybrid events can be rife with pitfalls. Technical issues, platform glitches, confusion amongst attendees over where to go and what to do — all these things can derail sessions and cause delays.   If you run into difficulties on the day, don’t panic. Reschedule what you need to, communicate any changes to your attendees, and get on with the show.  How to plan a hybrid event with Wrike While in-person events are returning, there will continue to be a role for the hybrid event as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Wrike’s event planning tools make organizing virtual and onsite activities a breeze — use our Event Planning Template to break the project into tasks, assign work to team members, and monitor progress with custom statuses and dashboards. Interactive Gantt charts help you plan with precision, while the calendar view shows important milestones and deadlines at a glance, so you never miss a detail. Want to start planning hybrid events? Get a free, two-week Wrike trial today and see how easy hybrid event planning can be.

How Flexible Schedules Help Wrike's Working Parents Make It Work
Remote Working 7 min read

How Flexible Schedules Help Wrike's Working Parents Make It Work

Balancing working and parenting can be difficult. Here’s how three Wrike parents leverage flexible schedules and Wrike work management to make it work.

How Wrike Solutions Manager Valerio Nocera Maximizes a Hybrid Work Schedule for Better Work-Life Balance
Remote Working 5 min read

How Wrike Solutions Manager Valerio Nocera Maximizes a Hybrid Work Schedule for Better Work-Life Balance

How does hybrid working impact employees’ day-to-day schedules? Wrike employee Valerio Nocera shares how he maximizes a flexible hybrid working model.

Do Remote Marketing Jobs Offer Higher Salaries?
Marketing 10 min read

Do Remote Marketing Jobs Offer Higher Salaries?

Has the rise of remote work led to higher salaries in remote marketing roles? Find out with the latest industry insights and data.

Asynchronous Work Explained for 2022
Remote Working 10 min read

Asynchronous Work Explained for 2022

Asynchronous work allows remote teams to set their own schedules and take advantage of working from home. Learn more about working asynchronously.

Return to Work: Which Global Cities Have Gone Back to the Office the Fastest?
Remote Working 10 min read

Return to Work: Which Global Cities Have Gone Back to the Office the Fastest?

Discover which cities around the world have returned to office-based working the fastest, and what patterns the data shows.

What Is Hybrid Project Management?
Project Management 7 min read

What Is Hybrid Project Management?

Hybrid project management can be your team’s secret sauce for delivering more successful projects. Learn how it’s done with Wrike.

Earth Day 2022: 5 Ways for Your Hybrid Work Model to Be More Eco-Friendly
Remote Working 5 min read

Earth Day 2022: 5 Ways for Your Hybrid Work Model to Be More Eco-Friendly

As spring has finally sprung and we can get back to enjoying nature that little bit more, our planet is at the forefront of our minds. The theme of Earth Day 2022 is “Invest in Our Planet” — a fitting frame of mind for approaching our business models this year and beyond. The threat of global warming to our planet’s wellbeing is becoming more and more apparent. According to the latest IPCC report on climate change, approximately 3.3 to 3.6 billion people live in environments that are highly vulnerable to climate change. We need to avoid the global temperature rising by 1.5 degrees Celsius, as this would cause “unavoidable increases in multiple climate hazards and present multiple risks to ecosystems and humans.”  According to earthday.org, to avoid this rise in temperature, we need to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. We can all play our parts in this effort, and whether you’re an office manager, a team leader, or a CEO, there are plenty of ways to drive down your workplace’s carbon footprint.  As more and more businesses move to a hybrid work model, we’ve gathered five ways to encourage your hybrid workforce to be more environmentally friendly. Encourage hybrid work While some of your teammates may be embracing the hybrid work model, many others may find it hard to break from their traditional schedules. The first step in making your hybrid workplace more eco-friendly is to encourage hybrid working in the first place, as it holds huge benefits for your carbon footprint. Less air and noise pollution from commuting cars, less single-use plastic from breakfasts and lunches, less energy waste from office buildings — the eco-benefits of working from home stack up quickly. While there can be some debate as to whether working from home really cuts carbon emissions with heating and energy costs, the consensus is that it is far preferable to commuting to work, with one study even finding that net carbon emission reductions of 77% can be achieved from working at home. Trial an equipment sharing model One of the benefits of a hybrid working model is that office equipment does not need to be supplied and replaced at such a high rate. Tech turnover can have massive eco-implications, from the mining for materials to the e-waste produced when a piece of equipment needs to be retired. Set up an equipment sharing model with your hybrid workplace, and see how much technology can be shared or saved by staying at home. For example, if a team member has their own computer suitable for work use, offer an incentive for them to use this, rather than request a new laptop.  Avoid doling out new technology just for the sake of it. Many of your employees may not need a company phone to do their work, for example, while others may work fine without extras like headsets or external hard drives.  If one or more of your employees work part-time or flexible hours, investigate whether they could share their equipment on a rotational basis, passing it between them on the days they need it.  Measure office power usage When your teammates do work from the office, there is an opportunity to reduce the amount of power your building uses. Research when your office has the highest capacity, and see if you can reduce the power consumption in off-peak hours.  For example, there should never be a need for your office to have full power on overnight. You can also invest in light sensors and LED bulbs, which are both great ways to reduce the need for constant power usage.  Depending on the size of your organization, you may be able to switch to a greener energy source for the entire office, such as solar or wind power. Talk to your office manager or the leadership team and state your case for why this investment could be worthwhile.  Set up a recycling drive Making an effort to be more environmentally friendly doesn’t have to be a chore. There are plenty of ways to turn your efforts into fun, team-building activities for your team.  Why not organize a recycling drive or a local area clean-up for your employees to mingle and do some volunteer work? You could also organize a clothes swap or a furniture flipping competition to let your workers see how going green can be fun and fashionable.  Getting everyone involved is key to ensuring your eco-efforts go the distance, and it’s a great excuse to get together outside of work.  Offer green incentives If you currently operate a rewards system in your workplace, why not offer more green perks and incentives to your best-performing employees? There are plenty of eco-friendly swag items to choose from, like reusable coffee cups or water bottles, compostable phone cases, or clothing and tote bags made from recycled materials. Go the extra mile and offer these items at your next event or conference, and make your mark as an eco-conscious company.  Find the right software for your team to stay connected While working from home, it’s crucial that your employees have the tools they need to collaborate and be productive so that we can all reap the benefits of less time commuting.  A collaborative work management system like Wrike allows your team to work together from anywhere. With features like real-time proofing and approvals, over 400 app integrations, customizable workflows and views, and robust security features, it’ll be like you never left the office. Find out more with a free two-week trial. 

Why Great Culture is Essential for a Hybrid Workplace
Remote Working 7 min read

Why Great Culture is Essential for a Hybrid Workplace

The hybrid work model is here to stay, folks. The great work-from-home experiment of the past 18 months has been a success; companies realize that employees can be just as productive working from anywhere, and workers are embracing the flexibility of a remote or hybrid workplace.  Some 83% of workers want their company to offer a hybrid work model post-pandemic, and 39% would like the option to work from home up to four days per week. Many hyper-growth companies are listening to employee preferences, with 63% implementing a “productivity anywhere” workforce model and introducing the possibility of a hybrid workplace for employees.  It’s clear that hybrid work is becoming a permanent part of how we work, but what are the potential challenges facing such a model – especially for culture? The hybrid work model can lead to longer working hours, micromanagement, a dissolution of traditional company culture, and opportunities for miscommunication. Thankfully, there’s several ways to avoid these pitfalls and instead come out ahead by building a more productive, streamlined, and positive work culture. Building a positive hybrid workplace Along with the hybrid work model comes a noticeable change in company culture. Businesses are concerned with how they can preserve culture with a semi- or predominantly remote workforce. However, it’s important to keep in mind that culture is much more than just office perks and team-building events.  Looking beyond perks  Culture begins with a company’s unique approach to work. Consider the critical characteristics of your ideal culture and how they can be achieved in a hybrid workplace. For example, providing flexibility to employees and trusting them to complete their work from home will provide an excellent framework for creating a transparent, autonomous company culture.  Free lunches and snacks won’t help employees too stressed or busy to eat it. Helping your employees feel more comfortable about the work they do and the way they do it contributes much more to building a healthy hybrid workplace culture.  Setting employees up for success  A positive culture starts with positive workers, so focus on ensuring employees have everything they need to be productive at work. This includes:  Ensuring employees have the tools and equipment they need to work comfortably at home – including options if the internet or power goes out, as well as funding for new equipment Implementing new training opportunities to allow remote workers to gain the same level of onboarding and upskilling as in-office workers  Making sure remote managers are trained in supervising, managing, and coaching from a distance, along with remote team-building skills Ensuring that your hybrid and work-from-home employees have ample opportunity to engage with management  Employee involvement and work-life balance Changing to a hybrid work model is an excellent opportunity to reassess what constitutes great company culture. Recruitment company Morgan McKinley used surveys during the pandemic to discover what was most important to workers and, based on the results, built a culture that offered a better work-life balance.  To do this, they implemented ideas such as a company-wide 3 p.m. finish on Friday afternoons, cutting hour-long meetings to 45 minutes, and encouraging employees to block out lunchtime each day on their calendar. You’ll notice that all of these new measures provide equal benefits for both in-office and remote employees.  When building your culture, ask employees what’s most important to them and create a company culture that benefits all workers.  Better tools improve hybrid workplace culture  Perhaps the most critical aspect of hybrid work is creating a digital workspace that enables all employees to work together from anywhere. Collaboration is a key cornerstone of hybrid work culture, and it’s a great place to start.  These tools will ensure you are supporting in-house and remote workers to collaborate. Your digital workspace is essential to making sure remote workers don’t feel isolated from their team or that office workers aren’t getting more opportunities. All of this equates to happier employees, less turnover, and more productivity — critical foundations for a solid workplace culture.  Digital tools also support a flexible workplace by allowing employees to work to their own schedules. An emerging trend in hybrid work is asynchronous communication, which enables teams to communicate without the expectation of needing to respond immediately. Team members will have all the information they need to complete a task and complete it in their own time.  Asynchronous communication negates the need to be ‘always on.’ Employees can send questions or provide status updates without everyone being connected 24/7. You can also encourage teams to send daily or weekly updates, so everyone can be transparent in what they’re working on day-to-day.  So, what exactly are the essential tools employees need to foster a better collaborative culture in a hybrid environment? They include:  A comprehensive digital workspace that captures all work so that projects, resources, communications, and status updates are accessible to remote, hybrid, and in-office workers Asynchronous communication tools to combat the ‘always on’ mentality and minimize excess meetings  Security features to ensure the safety of company information and employee data  Companies can also achieve a comprehensive digital workspace without bombarding teams with excess tools that can cause miscommunication and unnecessary complexity. Businesses should focus on two core tools to facilitate the hybrid model and enable a better culture of digital collaboration.  IM communications tools  An IM tool such as Slack or Microsoft Teams allows employees to engage with each other regularly. Channels can be set up for teams and employees with similar interests to ensure all employees feel included.  IM tools allow employees to have instant and direct access to their colleagues no matter where they are working and help support relationship building in a hybrid environment. Streamlined IM communication and coordination can contribute immensely to building a healthier work culture and environment.  CWM platform  A collaborative work management platform is the core component of the complete digital workspace needed to facilitate hybrid work. Teams can track all projects and tasks in one place and gain full visibility over work across teams and departments.  These platforms allow for asynchronous communication, enabling workers to be flexible with when and how they work. They also integrate with other tools, allowing all work data to be brought together and stored in one workspace, minimizing the need to be logged in to several platforms at once. CWM platforms also have built-in security features designed to support hybrid teams to work from anywhere.  Security features It’s critical to ensure that work and information is protected regardless of where employees work. As businesses become increasingly digitized, bad actors will continue to devise new ways to access and potentially take advantage of your unsecured data.  Provide your IT teams with the tools they need to rigidly safeguard your company’s work, perform structured audits on a regular basis, as well as ensure your employees are educated on proper security protocols and practices before they delve into the world of digital collaboration.  It’s time to reimagine the way we work  The way we work has changed for good, making it the perfect time to reevaluate your workforce based on the changing needs and behaviors of your business and employees. For your company to be resilient and provide the best possible workplace culture, you need to reevaluate work through a lens of flexibility.  A collaborative, autonomous culture for workers provides considerably more benefits than the closed, siloed work culture of the past. A compassionate, flexible work environment will increase employee happiness and engagement, and it’s become more important than ever to break down silos in a hybrid workplace to ensure that employees are dedicated to teamwork and collaboration no matter where they are.  For more resources on hybrid work culture, check out:  Return to Work Management Guide: How to Manage a Hybrid Team  Research Uncovers the Technology That Will Power Hybrid Work  An Introduction to Hybrid Team Management  A Guide to Hybrid Remote Working WFH or Hybrid Office? How to Know Which Works Best for You

Building Flexible Workplaces: A Definitive Guide to Hybrid Work (eBook)
Collaboration 3 min read

Building Flexible Workplaces: A Definitive Guide to Hybrid Work (eBook)

Explore our guide to hybrid work and discover the pros and cons of hybrid work, how to enact a hybrid work model, the tools you need, and more.

4 Simple Steps to Breaking Down Silos in a Hybrid Workplace
Remote Working 7 min read

4 Simple Steps to Breaking Down Silos in a Hybrid Workplace

Hybrid working provides more flexibility, but it can also have its challenges. Here’s how teams can increase collaboration and break down silos in hybrid working.