Hybrid Environments

How can we build equity in hybrid communities?


Hybrid Environments As companies increasingly turn to hybrid work, how can they ensure that every employee—regardless of their physical location—has an equal seat at the table? While employees certainly benefit from the flexibility of hybrid work, which can offer the comfort and focus of working from home as well as the camaraderie and culture of working from an office, combining remote and in-office work brings a new set of organizational dynamics that can impede diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. With hybrid work, organizational bias can show up as preferential treatment given to in-office vs. remote employees, such as promotions and pay increases. Strategies to address these biases will be critical for creating an inclusive, supportive hybrid work culture for everyone, regardless of location.

6 Tips to Better Engage Your Remote Work Force
5 Challenges of Hybrid Work — and How to Overcome Them (Harvard Business Review)


How do we build effective hybrid teams?


Hybrid Environments 1Effective teams are the cornerstone of great work. From better problem solving and increased innovation to happier team members and enhanced personal growth, successful teams enjoy wide-ranging personal and professional advantages. Hybrid work arrangements, which companies are increasingly adopting, can be seen as obstacles to building meaningful relationships. Yet building a strong team isn’t about location—it’s about cultural norms that can be promoted through strong leadership. Our hybrid working strategies will help employees feel included, safe, empowered, and connected.

2021 Trends: Designing Our Workplaces To Promote Human Connection, by Rebecca Milne for Workplace Design
What Google Learned from its Quest to Build the Perfect Team (New York Times)


How can we bridge the location divide?


Hybrid Environments 2We are exploring the tools, technologies, and strategies that can enhance distributed teamwork. As flexible work becomes the status quo, more than 70% of companies plan to invest in tools that bolster and sustain virtual collaboration. Automated and intelligent technologies have the potential to make virtual interactions more natural, workflows more conversational, and spaces more blended. Joining physical and digital spaces through technology has become imperative for companies looking to stay agile in the changing landscape.

Work from Anywhere?
Why companies are ditching the word "hybrid" (Fortune)