“Was it difficult to adapt to the hybrid work environment”
“Was it difficult to adapt to the hybrid work environment“
It is rightly said by organizational psychologist, Adam Grant in his latest book, “Think Again”, that the definition of intelligence is the “ability to rethink” and “unlearn”. Considering that the pandemic has given a new twist to the way we manage time, collaborate, learn, perform, companies have to rethink new ways of managing today’s hybrid workforce.
According to the latest report released by Korn Ferry, four times as many women as men have left the workforce since the outbreak of the pandemic, and this is one of the worrying developments in workforce issues that we are struggling to keep up with.
So how do you manage to balance life and work, both physically and psychologically, given that you might want to go from being an average artist to a star artist, or at least maintaining the status quo of performance? featured in your new workplace or endless time on your laptop getting the visibility you’ve always wanted from your boss? Well, without being too prescriptive, this hybridity of work has two essential evolutions for employees.
First, the resources and tools that employees need to fulfill their responsibilities in a timely manner require the right infrastructure support. Second, visibility of not only effort, but power and influence in the workplace has become a key variable in retaining your top employees.
Thus, our way of thinking or functioning will have to be rethought and rethought as much as possible. Some practical tips to facilitate the adaptation process of this hybrid workplace: –
Be open to problem solving
In psychology, there are two biases that deceive this model, one is the confirmation bias and the other is the desirability bias. Both hamper your decision-making process, while the key is to see the same business problem from different angles, data, points of view and a new pair of lenses because we all think we are business professionals. but, in fact, you could be a ‘scientist at work’.
Knowledge is powerful
In times and in today’s era, access to information and technology is increasing and more at an exponential rate. So there is a difference between an opportunity to know what others don’t know – one is having your own sweet spot to learn new skills.
Lights, camera and yes you are audible
In this work-from-home syndrome, saving grace is the first voice in the pleasant ice-breaking call or conversation before a board meeting. Your communication style is much more important than managing the productivity of your teams, collaborating between teams or delivering critical projects; it defines what the star member of your team thinks about the management philosophy, how his family perceives the value of the work brought in and more, how a bad review meeting becomes the main trigger for an unfortunate exit.
Trust is the key and the two-way street
Trust in employer-employee relationships is the need of the moment. The mindset we need to adapt is that people are trustworthy – if a No one can be trustworthy enough to be hired, they should also be trusted to do the job at their convenience, as long as they meet the set goals. Trust within the team and with the boss will become one of the engines of empowerment and productivity in today’s workplace.
Like rightly quoted in the book, The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse by Charles Mackesy, “Nothing beats kindness”, said the horse “He rests quietly beyond all things”.
Written by Arti Agarwal – Head of Human Resources at Tata Asset Management.
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