Harmonizing a blended world
Some workers can decide whether to resume in-person work settings or to continue in a virtual environment, while others are not afforded the flexibility. Yet all of us will need to be able to manage in a hybrid world regardless of our individual situation. Our clients, vendors, and other business associates may be employing different models and we all must find a way to work together seamlessly.
Here are key tips on blending styles in the new normal:
- Have a human touch: communicate clearly and connect on a personal level. Explore having special in-person gatherings while continuing to use video conferencing to engage everyone for important meetings.
- Use flex time: allow people to self-manage their work hours. Consider making a short block of time “required” work hours to accommodate the needs of people taking care of others or to allow people to work simultaneously in multiple time zones.
- Trust: trust others and trust yourself to do your best work, whenever and wherever.
If you would like a PDF of the Traditional-Virtual chapter from Jack Bergstrand’s book, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send it to you. We’re also happy to discuss in more detail what has worked for us.
1 What is a traditional-virtual model? As defined by Consequent’s founder and CEO Jack Bergstrand, it’s not completely traditional – that is, working 9-to-5 at the corporate headquarters – yet not totally virtual, which can hinder scalability. To be traditionally virtual, organizations need to be traditional enough to create a productive organization and virtual enough to compete anywhere in the world, at any time.