Navigating the Hybrid Work Hurdle: A Strategic Imperative for HR Leaders

20% of workers considering quitting their jobs due to dissatisfaction with hybrid work policies. Failure to adopt right digital tools lead employees to feel overwhelmed and frustrated
Navigating the Hybrid Work Hurdle: A Strategic Imperative for HR Leaders

In the evolving landscape of work, hybrid policies have become a cornerstone for many organizations. However, a staggering 20% of workers are contemplating resignation, driven by dissatisfaction with these policies. The crux of the issue lies in the failure to adopt the right digital tools, leaving employees feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.


The “Hybrid Workplace Whiplash” survey by Lucid Software sheds light on UK firms’ struggle to enable effective hybrid work. A significant 54% of organizations face challenges in balancing employee productivity, while 47% encounter resistance to change.


The Path to Overcoming Hybrid Work Challenges

To surmount these obstacles, businesses must take deliberate actions to furnish their staff with the necessary tools and processes for efficient collaboration. Despite the clear need, a mere 38% of UK businesses have embraced digital collaboration tools, and only 29% offer collaboration training to their employees. This gap has led to 20% of workers considering leaving their jobs due to unsatisfactory hybrid work policies.


The Four-Year Impact of Hybrid Workplace Whiplash

After four years of widespread adoption, the repercussions of subpar hybrid work practices are still palpable among UK firms. About 27% of employees find brainstorming and kickoff sessions lacking in clarity for subsequent steps, and 37% feel that task ownership within teams is ambiguous. Alarmingly, over 41% report that some projects fail to achieve their goals as a consequence.


Yet, UK workers are not equipped with the necessary tools for hybrid teamwork. Although 71% acknowledge the critical importance of visuals for collaboration, only 27% are provided with visualization tools, and a scant 30% have access to whiteboarding applications.


Empowering Employees for Success

With global IT spending projected to increase by 6.8% this year, it’s imperative for companies to avoid squandering funds on unused technology. Business leaders are keen to invest in tech to enhance productivity, but this often leads to employees juggling multiple applications. For instance, 38% of entry-level workers in the UK utilize 3-4 productivity applications, a figure that rises to 44% for managers and 47% for the C-suite. Coupled with the fact that only 29% receive hybrid collaboration training, it’s unsurprising that significant discrepancies exist between the software purchased and its actual benefits. These disparities result in nearly 23% of UK workers feeling they lack the right applications to succeed.


This underutilization by employees is likely due to the overwhelming number of different applications they must navigate at work. In fact, 26% of UK knowledge workers are either extremely or very overwhelmed by the plethora of productivity applications, with 35% experiencing frustration as a result.


Expert Insight

Jarom Chung, VP of Product Management at Lucid Software, comments on the findings: “Despite years of practice, companies are still falling short in properly equipping and training their employees with the essential digital tools and processes for success. Organizations need to intentionally assess the effectiveness of their tech stack and focus on enabling their teams to work better together, regardless of location. The data underscores that effective visual collaboration is not a mere luxury but a necessity in hybrid work, empowering employees to streamline vital information, collaborate seamlessly, and maximize their productivity.”



For HR leaders, the message is clear: the success of hybrid work hinges on intentional investment in the right digital tools and training. By bridging the gap between technology acquisition and its practical application, organizations can not only enhance productivity but also retain their valuable workforce in this new era of work. The time to act is now, to set the stage for a thriving, collaborative, and satisfied team.

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