As we look forward to the fall, and (fingers-crossed) an in-person return to work and school, most organizations are actually planning for some sort of a hybrid workplace. A hybrid workplace is one in which some people are in the office (or factory, class, shop floor or store) and others are working from home. If you thought working virtually came with challenges, the complexity is about to kick up several notches when you start working in a hybrid environment.
Will it be harder to get things accomplished? Will out of sight become out of mind? Will your career progression be negatively affected? The answer to all these questions is “Possibly.” Unless you take specific deliberate steps to ensure otherwise.
Which is why I wrote my latest column in The Globe and Mail! In Tips for a hybrid workplace: How not to be out of sight, out of mind, published online yesterday, I offer seven specific steps you can take to make sure that your career is not handicapped by hybrid.
If you’re a paid online subscriber to The Globe, here is a direct link to the column on their site: https://tgam.ca/3c6NkDz. And if you’re a subscriber to the print edition, my column is expected to publish there tomorrow, Wednesday.
I’d love to hear about what is happening in your organization. Are you planning for a hybrid workplace, or are you going fully to in-person? Or are you already in a hybrid situation? If so, tell us how it is going, and what challenges you are facing. Please share your experiences by adding your comment below.