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  • Writer's pictureMarriot Winquist

Hybrid Work: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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:

👉 Good:

✅ 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.

Photo by Christina @ on Unsplash


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