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Building a great relationship with your boss in a hybrid work environment

My latest column for The Globe and Mail was published online on Friday.  It’s about a very significant challenge that comes with the hybrid work model, which is increasingly the norm in many workplaces today.   If you didn’t already know, a hybrid work environment combines remote and in-person working.  For many employees this working arrangement can offer a great deal of flexibility.  But it can also blur the lines of communication and interaction, leading to difficulties in maintaining a robust relationship with your boss.  Now, don’t underestimate the importance of a positive rapport with your immediate manager.  It’s not just about staying in their good books; it is a pathway to career growth, job satisfaction, and a harmonious work-life balance.

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The good news: the misunderstandings and feelings of disconnectedness that can come from the decreased and irregular face-to-face interactions in a hybrid environment are not insurmountable.  There are deliberate measures you can take to lessen and even overcome these difficulties.  And in Five keys to building a strong relationship with your boss in a hybrid workplace, I outline five specific areas you should focus on with your boss to keep the communication pipelines approachable and accessible.

If you’re a paid online subscriber to The Globe, you can also access this directly at their site via this link:

So, as always, I want to know about your experiences.  Are you working in a hybrid work environment?  What are the challenges you are seeing, both from the point of view of an employee as well as an immediate manager?  I’d love to hear what you think.  Please add your comment below.

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