I was privileged to be in the company of a fantastic group of Asian Women Professionals this week as a panelist on AWE Network’s (Asian Women Empowerment) webinar on Hybrid Work.
We talked about the good, the bad, and the ugly of Hybrid Work:
✅ Yay, we get to see people again!
✅ We all agree that the energy is different - energizing, and welcoming; Even a lot of us introverts unknowingly crave that human connection
✅ We still get to maintain some of the flexibility that we've come to love with remote work
👉 Bad / Or "Be Aware Of":
✳️ There's simply more to manage - what's 3-2? Who's where, and when? What type of work is best for in-person? For remote?
✳️ Leaders need to be hyper aware when running hybrid teams & meetings, because there's an inherent proximity imbalance between "the group in the office" and "the people on screen or on the call"
✳️ We all need to firm up our boundaries (on when we can or can't be available) - and be clear on what's important to us
👉 And the Ugly? We're still struggling with:
⚠️ Fear & Fatigue: "I'm not ready to go back into the office"
⚠️ Self-doubt & Speaking up: "What will they think of me if I say no?"
⚠️ Gender biases: "I don't want to be seen as that woman on the team who keeps missing meetings to pick up her kids."
There are no easy answers.
But one thing is clear.
Having a safe and supportive space to openly discuss these issues is critical as companies start transitioning to varying degrees of flexible hybrid work.
🔥 If you'd like to create a successful transition - for yourself, or for your team - into hybrid team work, let's talk.
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