We’re back with the new episode of hybrid work news digest. Discover the latest announcements and discussions about hybrid work adoption.
To see other news and discussions about hybrid work, check out the previous episodes of the digest.
Hybrid work news
oVice, an innovative solution that brings hybrid teams together in a virtual office, released a revamped interface last week. Now, connecting office and remote teams is easier and faster than ever.
Jeremy Stoppleman, the CEO of Yelp, is not a fan of hybrid work, seeing it as the worst out of three work styles (the others being full office or full remote). The company believes that office spaces are becoming obsolete and is scaling down its office presence.
The new policy allows government workers to flexibly choose where they work. The government solidified its commitment to hybrid work by approving a Multi-party hybrid work policy – the first of the kind in South Africa.
McKinsey has released its third American Opportunity Survey – and it proves that the hybrid work model is the future for the US workforce. For example, 58% of employees reported they want to work from home at least 1 day a week.
Opinions on the hybrid work model
To learn more about the way business leaders see the hybrid work model, FastCompany surveyed 27 executives from rapidly growing companies (Miro, Patreon) and established corporations (Microsoft, Meta, Cisco) who have become poster hybrid work model examples.
While hybrid work brings forth time savings and flexibility, employees are reluctant to embrace hybrid work policies because of the proximity bias. In a hybrid team, there’s often a disconnect between the office team which becomes the core, and remote employees who are left out of the picture. Challenging the proximity bias is key to successful hybrid work adoption.
For the last 10 years, companies have been moving away from traditional hierarchical workplaces to horizontal communication. In a hybrid work environment, the shift is even more obvious. Now that managers have fewer strings to pull, they have to focus on relational power.
In the last seven years, a lot of employees have gone through workplace shifts – many started careers at the office, shifted to working exclusively from home during the pandemic, and are re-adjusting to hybrid now. According to the Entrepreneur article, managers should help teams embrace the change through trust and autonomy.
Tips on creating a hybrid work environment
Accessibility is one of the key advantages of remote work. During the pandemic, it gave people access to international job openings (with salaries way higher than local employers could afford) and leveled the field for those with disabilities. As offices are back in the equation, it’s essential that the accessibility lessons we learned are not forgotten.
During the pandemic, managers had a first-hand realization that there’s no one-size-fits-all work model. For some, remote work was highly enjoyable – others found it frustrating. As team leaders look for a single approach to settle on, they should listen to their employees’ voices and look for a middle ground.
In a new article, the Forbes Expert Panel interviewed Young Entrepreneur Council members to shed light on ways to make hybrid work more enjoyable, accessible, and productive.
As executives worldwide bet on the hybrid work model, it’s important to be intentional about adoption and laying the ground rules that will keep the workplace manageable and organized.
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