With people back in the full swing at work, many leaders have had their staff start coming back to the office. This has created a bit of a buzz and people are starting to enjoy the company of other people and the collaboration that it brings.
I spoke with an Executive Leader who was surprised that so many of their staff wanted to continue working in a remote way 2-3 days per week. They are in the process of trying to find the best way to shift to a flexible hybrid workforce.
For most leaders when everyone is together it is normal, when everyone is remote, they can make this work fine, but the challenge is when most of their staff are in the office and others are remote. According to a recent Steelcase Global report, the majority of people in most countries, including Australia, expect to work remotely. Their study found that 59% expect to work at least 1 day a week remotely, 30% expect to work 2-3 days per week remotely and 12% expect to work 4-5 days per week.
So what do your people want? Leaders are struggling, staff are trying to get re-motivated and balance the commute to the office with the freedom of working from home. It is an amazing experiment for many organisations, with some of them achieving great things and others struggling and losing top talent in the great resignation (and companies throwing money at staff to get them to join their flexible workplace!)
Given all the work I have done with leaders in this space over the past 2 years, I am finishing the 2nd edition of my book, which includes Hybrid Workplace Hacks which will come out into bookstores in 2-3 months.
It has been a great project and the countless hours that I put in researching fast track methods to help leaders get this right has paid off. I am starting to speak to many leaders about how to find the flexibility and correct balance of a hybrid workforce. It is full of great strategies that people can use.
I will be sharing some of these strategies in my posts and looking forward to helping leaders and their staff achieve more in less time, regardless of where they are located! If you can’t wait for the book to come out, click here and I will make time to share a few strategies with you.
If you would like to see some amazing women (& men) speakers at the Future of Leadership and support Hands Across the Water, please click here to find out more and join us at one of the events across Australia occurring in May. I will be speaking in Adelaide and Perth so it will be great to see some of my clients and friends that I have missed during the lockdowns. Use the Promo code GETINEARLY to receive 10% off.