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Hone 2021 Predictions: The Rise of the New Hybrid Workplace

vmblog 2021 prediction series 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2021.  Read them in this 13th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

The Rise of the New Hybrid Workplace

By Tom Griffiths, Hone CEO

Hone is reimagining leadership, management and people-skills training for modern, distributed teams. Traditional corporate classroom training is inconvenient and ineffective (70% is forgotten within a day). Pre-recorded e-learning videos are impersonal and ill-suited for interactive people skills training. Hone is the first scaled platform and marketplace for live online, synchronous, instructor-led training classes for leadership, management and soft skills. Our unique solution allows organizations to source, manage and deliver live online video-based training and measure its impact.

As we head into 2021, the office culture brought on by the covid-19 pandemic will seal in permanent change. What are these changes, and how can leaders best accommodate them?

1. Hybrid offices will become the norm for knowledge workers. As agencies and companies continue to find effective ways to manage COVID-19, and more organizations return to the workplace, a new 'hybrid' model will take over. Not only will social distancing and new hygiene standards be commonplace, but instead of working in an office full time, workers are only likely to visit 2-3 times per week, if they even live near an office anymore.

2. New tools will become standard for the new workplace. With the mass migration to the hybrid office, new tools are needed to handle communication, collaboration, learning and team building. As a result, we have seen the rise of theobvious: Zoom, Slack, and some new breakouts like Miro. Moreover, a wave of startups are creating the old functions in the new world, like Hone is for corporate training.

3. Leaders will evolve. A new level of empathy and understanding has occurred with the pandemic and renewed racial justice movement, and many corporate leaders have stepped up and led with a new level of compassion. That will continue. The habits built during lockdown will persist. Also, the best talent wants to be in an environment that can provide enlightened leadership during these uncertain times.

4. Learning and training will become more personal and quantified. Economic uncertainty means it's more important than ever for workers to upskill themselves, and for companies to supply training to retain the best talent. Increasingly, tools like machine learning and data and analytics are being applied to make learning and development experiences more effective, through personalization and quantification. Again, platforms like Hone that blend live human teaching and automated reinforcement lead the way.

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About the Author

tom griffiths 

Tom Griffiths co-founded and served as Chief Product Officer at gaming unicorn FanDuel where he grew the company from five to 500 employees and a $1.3 billion valuation in a matter of years. As well, he helped create the fantasy sports product category, a now $7+ billion industry. As co-founder and CEO of Hone, he is now seeking to disrupt the outdated corporate training industry. Tom received his master's degree in computer science from the University of Cambridge, and PhD in machine learning from the University of Edinburgh, where he also earned his bachelor's degree. Originally from Wales, UK, he lives in San Francisco, CA, with his wife and daughter.
Published Thursday, October 22, 2020 7:31 AM by David Marshall
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