As the world continues to recover from the pandemic, more and more organizations are moving towards a hybrid work environment. Hybrid work refers to a work model that combines both remote and in-person work, allowing employees to work from the office, home, or anywhere they choose. Hybrid work has destroyed confidence in leaders and is proving to be a real thorn in their side. As this shift continues, it's essential for leaders to understand how to effectively lead in a hybrid workplace.
Where it is working well, companies are talking about increased productivity, reduced costs and improved work life balance. Other companies, however, are having difficulty maintaining team cohesion and communication. They are struggling to build and connect culture, and their people are feeling disconnected.
In this blog, we will discuss the three main points that confident leaders should keep in mind when leading in a hybrid work environment.
1. Confident leaders know flexibility is critical for successful hybrid work.
One of the most critical factors for successful hybrid work is flexibility. A hybrid workplace requires leaders to be flexible in terms of working hours, locations, and work styles. With remote work, employees have more flexibility in their schedules and locations, which can lead to higher productivity and job satisfaction. On the other hand, in-person work provides opportunities for collaboration, face-to-face communication, and team building. Leaders need to find a balance between remote and in-person work that works for both the organization and its employees.
To ensure flexibility, leaders need to have clear communication and expectations for their employees. They should provide guidance on when employees should work from home or come into the office, and how they can communicate and collaborate effectively with their colleagues. Leaders should also be open to feedback and suggestions from their employees on how to improve the hybrid environment.
Have you read: Building a Remote Work Culture – Brett Putter
2. Confident leaders understand the three key elements of a hybrid work environment.
To effectively lead in a hybrid work environment, leaders need to understand the three key elements of hybrid work: collaboration, people management, and team culture.
Collaboration is a vital aspect of hybrid work, as it requires effective communication and coordination between team members who may be working remotely and those who are in the office. Leaders need to create an environment that fosters collaboration and ensures that all team members feel included and valued.
People management is another essential element of hybrid work. Leaders need to manage their team's performance and productivity while ensuring that employees have the resources they need to do their work effectively. This includes setting clear goals and expectations, providing regular feedback, and supporting employees' ongoing development.
Finally, team culture is critical in a hybrid work environment. Leaders must create a culture of trust and transparency that encourages open communication and collaboration. Strategies to address team cohesion and communication are also important to ensure that everyone is working towards common goals and objectives.
By understanding and prioritizing these three key elements, confident leaders can help their teams succeed in a hybrid work environment.
Have you read: How to Lead with Transparency – Hailley Griffis
3. Confident leaders understand their leadership style.
Leadership style plays a crucial role in the success of a hybrid work environment. Leaders need to understand their leadership style and how it affects their employees. For example, a directive leadership style may not be suitable for a hybrid work environment, as it may limit employee autonomy and creativity.
Leaders need to be adaptable and flexible in their leadership style to meet the needs of their employees in a hybrid work environment. They should provide their employees with clear goals and expectations, while also allowing them the flexibility to work independently and creatively. Leaders should also provide regular feedback and support to their employees, both remotely and in-person.
Leading in a hybrid work environment requires confident leaders who understand the key elements of hybrid work. It's also important they understand their leadership style and how it affects their employees. By investing time in collaboration, focusing on people management, and developing a strong team culture, leaders can create a successful hybrid work environment. Flexibility, trust, clear expectations, and effective communication are also essential in a hybrid work environment. With the right approach, leaders can successfully lead their team in a hybrid work environment and achieve their organizational goals.
The complete interview, the secret to optimising the hybrid work environment, with Bretton Putter, author of Culture Decks Decoded and Own Your Culture, can be listened to on your favourite podcast platform, or watched on The Culture of Leadership (TCoL) YouTube channel.