Impact of Hybrid Working set-up on Organizations

COVID-19 has accelerated the hybrid workplace model that has been growing for some time and LSF Global observed that some Leaders are still struggling to cope up.

 

There are certain challenges while working in a Hybrid environment that every organization, irrespective of the corporate size and structure face on a regular basis. We have identified and listed down some of these challenges here:

1. Reduced Work-Life Balance

Employees working remotely have often raised concerns about their work-life balance which essentially means that they are not able to set proper deadlines for their work hours which results in lesser time dedicated to themselves or their families.

2. Increase in Unconscious Bias

The Hybrid working setup is based on a section of employees working at the office and others remotely. Such a situation often leads to an increase in unconscious bias among people who are not regularly attending offices. Cognitive biases such as Status Quo, Anchoring, Proximity, False consensus, confirmation, etc. are identified to be affecting employees’ performance and efficiency.

3. Need of Emotional Support

The past few years have since the global pandemic have made people more vulnerable than ever. With constant health and well-being stress, people are in dire need of emotional stability. As employee working from home might have limited social interaction, it is important for them to be able to reflect on their emotional as well as mental well-being.

4. Virtual Meeting Etiquette and Skills

The transition from conventional office working to the advanced digital setup of having online conferencing came as a learning curve for many. While most of them have adapted to the new normal, we have often observed people struggling with virtual meeting skills and etiquette. From finding the right camera angle to organizing the space for a video conference. There are certain guidelines as well for the new working setup.

Our team also conducted an online survey about the challenges faced by the people while working in a Hybrid setup. 31% of the people responded that proximity bias is the recent challenge that they faced. While, inconsistent communication, trust issues and remote work policies received 25%, 19% and 25% votes respectively.

In a recent workshop conducted for a global client, we discussed the relevance of creating a hybrid work culture as it has gained prominence with more and more organizations going hybrid. Our facilitator shared the best practices in “Four Leadership Domains” to lead hybrid teams, for co-creating an effective and productive hybrid team culture.

The Strategies to Lead Hybrid Teams workshop included discussions on the following:

  1. The evolution of Hybrid workplace
  2. Role of Trust and work-life balance in hybrid working
  3. Reducing the impact of unconscious bias
  4. Emotional intelligence (EI) within hybrid teams
  5. Enhancing the effectiveness of Hybrid Meetings

Thus, to ensure transparency and effective working standards, leaders and managers must be prepared to deal with the surrounding changes and updates in the working style. For organizations across domains, it is important to strategize and lay out proper guidelines related to the Hybrid work policy.

LSF Global can help your organization design an L&D program with a customized learning journey for your executives and leaders using our research-backed modules.

Available topics include Strategic Articulation, Managing and Leading through Change, Authentic Leadership, Fostering Accountability, and many more.

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