Two years after the start of the pandemic, companies in all sectors are announcing their timelines for returning. The dominant style of work is the hybrid model, in which people will be asked to go to work for two or three days a week at their office and the rest of the time from home or wherever they so choose.
Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) helps companies manage the return to the office in a more effective and efficient manner. Active ONA (based on online surveys) allows companies to identify informal leaders who can be positioned as early adopters of new work models. When positioned as early adopters, only 3% of informal leaders can influence up to 85% of the remaining population and accelerate the adoption of strategic changes in a significant manner. By engaging informal leaders as early adopters, companies can also prevent negative informal leaders from using their influence to create resistance against the proposed changes.
Moreover, passive ONA (based on the analysis of the team's digital footprint in collaborative tools such as Office365) enables companies to understand the collaboration dynamics of onsite vs remote work models. Understanding how onsite and remote work impact metrics such as response time, time spent on emails and meetings or overtime can help companies make more informed decisions when adopting hybrid work models.