5 Essentials of Company Culture in the New Era of Work

With the impact of the pandemic shifting the global workforce towards a digitally connected workforce, HP Inc. in the Philippines shares insights into finding new ways to work, create, collaborate and training while ensuring the physical and digital security of employees.

According to a recent McKinsey survey, as companies reopen their offices, nine in ten will combine remote and onsite work in a hybrid model. In the Philippines, the PhilCare Wellness Index 2021 revealed that 48.7% of employees prefer hybrid working arrangements, 35% were ready to return to their workplace, while 16% want to work entirely from home. This shows that almost half of Filipino employees prefer having the option of spending part of their time in the office and part of their time working from home.

“As we reopen many of our offices, we need to realize that everyone is going to be in a different place and understand the challenges of each employee,” said Christian Reyes, Philippine general manager of HP Inc.

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Adapting to change, while uniting a diverse and dispersed workforce behind a common goal, requires new strategies and a thoughtful approach. Here are some ideas for meeting the challenges of the new era of work:

  1. Flexible and positive work environment: Every company has its own work culture and it continues to evolve over time, even effortlessly. But that may not be positive or supportive of an organization’s larger goals, especially when it’s growing in disparate teams that aren’t all in the same place at the same time.

One of the signs that a company has a strong culture that benefits employees, the organization, customers and other stakeholders is when leaders know and clearly articulate the company’s culture to their employees. . But it’s not just about listing a set of values ​​- they have to define the behaviors that show what the culture looks like in practice.

Reyes shares, “I’ve always been a champion of making HP a Great Place to Work by embracing diversity, skills, and taking a ‘burn in the belly’ approach. This means cultivating our employees’ passion for work as the main driver of success.

In early 2021, HP in the Philippines was recognized as a Top Employer by Great Place to Work® (GPTW), the global standard and the world’s largest study of workplace excellence. More than 100 HP employees participated in the survey and shared their feedback and experiences working at the company. More than 95% of HP employees said they felt welcome; feel treated as full members, regardless of position (96%); and feel they are treated fairly regardless of race (95%). Overall, they are proud to tell others they work at HP (99%), leading the company to take 5e place in the top 2022 of the 25 best places to work in the country, in the category of medium-sized companies.

  • Improved in-office experience: When employees come to the office in a hybrid arrangement, their focus is different than when meeting in person was the norm. For example, after getting used to a traffic-free commute from bedroom to home office, no one will want to spend valuable time commuting to and from the office just to sit at their desk and get the job done. what he could do at home. .

A great workplace understands this reality and adds value to the office experience if needed. This means providing benefits that employees cannot get remotely, including providing more space dedicated to collaboration and resources that make work more productive and efficient, such as high-powered PCs, desktop printers and technology. advanced conferencing.

  • Offers a continuous and supportive integration experience: Adapting to the new environment and finding that sense of belonging can be difficult to do, especially when employees haven’t been physically together for a long time or in cases where there is a new member who hasn’t met anyone in person. . When employees quickly feel part of an organization through a thorough and ongoing onboarding program, they become proficient faster and are more likely to stay. In a hybrid environment, helping employees develop this sense of belonging also means extending the idea of ​​“onboarding” beyond the first days on the job.

In this case, the best way to support employees is to give them the opportunity to express themselves and contribute ideas.

“Recently we launched the Next Generation or NextGen PH led by one of the new team members,” Reyes says. “NextGen is formed to continue to cultivate an environment of diverse innovative minds where employees can create an inclusive, open and safe space for constructive and innovative ideas through opportunities that increase experience and knowledge for career growth. , leadership skills and sense of belonging.”

  • Provides opportunities for connection and growth: The hybrid model also requires more intention to help long-time employees and new employees interact and connect with each other. The success of a remote team depends very heavily on the tools it is equipped with.

HP ensures that its employees maximize their potential while working anywhere, anytime. The more employees are equipped with the right tools such as cutting-edge mobility, security, connectivity and collaboration capabilities, the more they are able to succeed in life and at work.

“In addition to the right technology and although we won’t see each other face to face due to pandemic restrictions, we are able to maintain close relationships through our weekly video call sessions called Connect Series,” says Reyes. “Thanks to this initiative led by our creative HR team, we are able to take the time to come together and get to know each other better by sharing our life stories and personal methods to help us cope with the difficulties of working remotely. .”

  • Protects hybrid workers against cyberattacks: Too many organizations mistakenly think that being behind a firewall is enough to keep an endpoint secure and, even worse, they leave it up to their employees to try and protect themselves when they are outside the office network.

HP Wolf Security is a newly integrated portfolio of secure-by-design PCs and printers, hardware-enhanced endpoint security software, and endpoint security services to protect employees and customers from growing cyber threats .[i]

“Fundamentally, hybrid working forces companies to rethink how managers and employees can work, collaborate and maintain a high level of trust in each other. Most importantly, the focus will always be on the well-being of people and what is needed to not only retain them, but to make them thrive,” concludes Reyes.


[i] HP Security is now called HP Wolf Security. Security features vary by platform.