In the post-pandemic future of work, seven out of ten US and European organizations will pivot to a hybrid work model, according to Forrester Research. A successful hybrid strategy would need to enable remote and in-office workers to collaborate seamlessly, efficiently, and on equal footing. Here are three technologies promising to help employers embrace the new hybrid model of work: 

Immersive Technologies 

One of the biggest challenges of hybrid workplace is to create a space where people in office and those working remotely can interact in much the same way as if they were all in the same conference room. And Immersive technologies — such as virtual and augmented reality — are promising to offer equal participation and presence to people in the room as well as at home. In its report 5 decisions about the future of work HR leaders must make in 2021, Gartner advises HR leaders to consider how investing in these technological tools will create demand for new roles or skill sets. The IT research company goes on to predict, “Immersive technologies will help organizations create new channels for high value digital interaction, experiences that would be otherwise difficult to replicate in a hybrid workforce.” 

Cybersecurity Mesh 

Flexible work environments with a constantly changing mix of office work and remote workers are creating new challenges for cybersecurity teams.  

They are being asked to secure a growing number of new digital transformations and technologies and monitor several assets that continually move in and outside the traditional security perimeter. The  Verizon Business 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report found that attacks against cloud-based email, remote desktop applications and similar technologies designed to assist with remote work all increased over 2020.  

To take on the malicious actors, Gartner advises organizations to turn to cybersecurity mesh — a conceptual approach to security architecture that enables a distributed enterprise to deploy controls where they are most needed. Rather than every security tool running in a silo, a cybersecurity mesh enables tools to interoperate by providing foundational security services and centralized policy management and orchestration.

Internet of Things 

Internet of Things technologies are promising to be a game changer in allowing remote teams to work efficiently and effectively. According to IoT Spotlight Report, a recent survey of more than 1,600 businesses by Vodafone, 84 percent of organizations who have adopted IoT view the integration of IoT devices and data with remote workers as a high priority. With remote working expected to be a key part of the new normal, they expect adopters to accelerate the use of IoT to support the hybrid workforce. It’s not hard to see why, especially for jobs that require contact with systems in the physical world: IoT sensors that are connected to cloud software platforms allow workers to remotely monitor machines and optimize space utilization by monitoring real time occupancy and space utilization.