Maximizing Staff Engagement in a Hybrid and WFH Environment


Planned Resources recruit across the niche markets of planning, engineering, architecture and design, property, and government support. We operate​ across private and public sectors in Melbourne, Victoria, and Australia. Here, Rebecca Swincer gives her tips on how to maximize staff engagement in a hybrid and work from home environment.


The landscape of work has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, with the rise of hybrid and work-from-home (WFH) models. As organizations adapt to these new ways of working, maintaining high levels of staff engagement becomes a priority. From the perspective of employers, ensuring that teams remain motivated, connected, and productive is crucial for the success of any project.

Keep reading as we explore strategies and best practices to make the most of staff engagement in a hybrid and WFH setting.

1. Embrace Technology for Seamless Communication:

The foundation of a successful remote work environment lies in effective communication. Investing in reliable communication tools that facilitate seamless interaction among team members. Video conferencing, collaboration platforms, and instant messaging apps can bridge the gap between in-person and virtual communication, fostering a sense of connection and teamwork.

2. Establish Clear Expectations and Goals:

Clarity is key in a remote or hybrid work setup. Having clear expectations and measurable goals for team is crucial. This not only provides a sense of direction but also helps employees understand their roles and responsibilities. Regularly revisit and communicate these expectations to keep everyone aligned and motivated.

3. Encourage a Healthy Work-Life Balance:

Remote work can blur the lines between work and home life. Encouraging your team to maintain a healthy work-life balance will not only benefit the working relationship but their efficacy in their role. Establishing boundaries, promoting regular breaks, and discouraging overworking contribute to a positive and sustainable work environment. A rested and balanced team is more likely to stay engaged and deliver high-quality work.

4. Celebrate Achievements and Milestones:

In a virtual setting, it’s important to celebrate successes and acknowledge milestones for your employees. Recognizing and rewarding achievements of your team boosts morale and motivates employees to stay engaged.

5. Learning and Development Opportunities:

In the recruitment space, we are consistently learning about different approaches with clients and candidates and having opportunities to learn along the way is critical in placing candidates in the right roles.


For our clients; providing professional growth opportunities in the business is a powerful motivator. Clients who invest in training and development opportunities for their teams, whether through online courses, workshops or mentorship programs not only reap the reward by enhancing staff skills, but also demonstrates a commitment to individual growth, keeping employees motivated and engaged.

In the era of hybrid and WFH models, maintaining staff engagement is a shared responsibility between employers and their teams. By embracing technology, setting clear expectations, prioritizing well-being, and fostering a sense of connection, you can create an environment where employees thrive. As organizations navigate the evolving landscape of work, the key to success lies in adapting and investing in the people who drive the business forward.


By Rebecca Swincer, Senior Consultant

Rebecca is part of our powerhouse Planning team; she recruits in Planning, working with private and public sector clients and candidates. 

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