When we think of hybrid workplaces, Zoom meetings in slippers and multi-tasking of domestic chores and childcare come to mind. However, the radical changes to physical workplaces brought in by the pandemic have generated surprising opportunities.
Here are some tips on how you can make the most of your hybrid workplace.
1. Try before you fly
In a critical skills shortage, many Australian companies are turning to overseas talent to fulfil business needs. The increased possibilities of remote work means you can get to know if your new employee is a good fit before committing to the visa sponsorship journey. Bespoke visa arrangements can help facilitate bringing your international team member to their Australian office and eventually, for permanent relocation.
2. Retain local staff by offering a remote working benefit
Remote work is not only relevant to international candidates. Your local team might have family in another country, or a lifelong dream to work from a villa in Bali while they enhance yoga qualifications. The possibility of temporary remote work will ensure your team feels that you value their personal plans, leading to increased loyalty to your business. Arranged in the right way, work from home can also lead to improved productivity.
Before embarking on a work anywhere approach, you will need the right advice to navigate the complex payroll, legal, immigration and taxation systems, this is where we can help.
3. Think strategically about your talent
The new era of working has been profound for Australian workplaces seeking to employ the world’s best. Employers need to be on the front foot with the right employee attraction and retention policies – which are aligned with your company ethos and also appropriate to the local context. Employers should consider offering incentives which help retain an employee – such as relocation support, or a commitment to permanent residency for the candidate and their family.
What motivates an employee in one market may be ineffective in another marekt. We say a “Glocal” approach is needed to your EVP. The old model of one-size fits all may need a review.
There are a lot more creative solutions to temporary work visas and pathways to permanent residency than before. By partnering with The Migration Agency, you will be able to develop a strategy for bringing the best professionals to you – much more than hiring agents to process documents for a particular visa class.