With home working becoming more normalised, many leaders have understandably adopted more flexible working policies, allowing at least an element of home working to become part of the post-COVID-19 workplace.
After all, employers have found throughout the toughest times during the pandemic that it’s possible for them to quickly set up huge infrastructure to allow for home working. In the process, they have also largely discovered that their people have remained engaged and productive, having adapted quickly to their new working lives.
So, how best should managers lead their employees in a hybrid model?
Effective leadership of a hybrid team, in essence, comes down to practising fairness and inclusiveness with every member of your staff, irrespective of where they are working. You can achieve this in the following ways:
As we look forward to the new era of work post-COVID-19, it’s clear that our places of work may become more fluid than they have ever been before. Our traditional workplaces may have fewer people in them, as employers afford their team members the flexibility to come into the office some days, and then work the rest of the week at home. This may cause the dynamics of teams to change from one day to the next, which necessitates careful management.
As a leader, then, it’s important to put yourself on the front foot now, by starting to think about how you might best lead your newly hybrid team in the not-too-distant future.
You may also be interested in these 6 questions to consider to ensure continued flexible working arrangements work for both you and your employees.
Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director, began working at Hays in 1993 and since then he has held a variety of consulting and management roles across the business. In 2004 he was appointed to the Hays Board of Directors. He was made Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand in 2012.
Prior to joining Hays, he had a background in human resource management and marketing, and has formal qualifications in Psychology.
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