HR Post Covid
Hybrid office models? Just another day at SAIPS
While millions of companies have had to balance working remotely with occasional office visits during Covid-19, for the Israeli tech company it’s been more of the same
For machine learning and computer vision provider SAIPS, the concept of balancing the office and the home during work hours has been an integral part of their culture since their founding in 2013. But during Covid-19, things had to be adjusted to make sure they don’t interact with too many employees and risk a spread or outbreak.“Nowadays, the company works in two capsules, with each capsule working two days a week from the office, with no office-time overlap between the capsules,” explained Yaffa Vizner, HR VP and Board Member of SAIPS. “Therefore, some employees have not met each other since the onset of the outbreak.” Gloat and Woo as recruitment tools, as well as LinkedIn Recruiter and other social media platforms. What positive and/or negative impact did the outbreak have on the human capital of the company?
The Covid-19 outbreak has had several positive impacts on our company. We took advantage of the changes in the market and, to date, grew our workforce by more than 20% during the Covid-19 crisis. We also adapted the wellbeing plan to the changing reality while paying more attention to the spouses and families, generating a tailor-made plan that considers the specific needs of each employee.
The negative impact was more in terms of interpersonal interactions. During the Covid-19 shutdowns, the entire company worked solely from home. Nowadays, the company works in two capsules, with each capsule working two days a week from the office, with no office-time overlap between the capsules. Therefore, some employees have not met each other since the onset of the outbreak. This creates a situation that challenges organizational engagement.What are the two major challenges you are coping with these days? One challenge stems from the division into two capsules, which creates a situation where most employees have not met in person those working on different days since the onset of the outbreak. This division impairs inter-team effectiveness and social cohesion. In addition, employees hired during the Covid-19 crisis have not yet met their coworkers from the other capsule. This makes it difficult to assimilate new employees and create organizational engagement.
The crisis has also made it difficult to maintain a work-life balance. During the Covid-19 shutdowns, some employees found it difficult to create a clear boundary between their work and personal life, leading to long working hours, which resulted in employee burnout. Our tailor-made wellbeing plan directly addresses this issue.https://www.saips.co.il/. Which changes forced upon you by the circumstances will stay in place after Covid-19 is over, and which are you most eager to revert back to normal? We believe that the hybrid work model produces optimal results. During office days, there is joint work within and between the work teams, as well as maximum interaction with our partners at Ford. Work-from-home days are dedicated to personal work with minimum distractions. SAIPS has always embraced this model and we will continue to do so also the day after the crisis ends. We are greatly looking forward to returning to our regular routine, which will allow us to have all the employees in the office at the same time - working, thinking, and celebrating together.