Future of Work: How to Successfully Implement a Hybrid Work Model - Part 1


09 Aug, 2023

Hybrid work is is the future of work for many, but it's not without its challenges. In this two part article, we share insights from our conversation with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, lauded the “Office Whisperer” and “Hybrid Expert” by The New York Times. Dr. Tsipursky shares his views on how to establish effective communication and collaboration channels, ensure equitable treatment for both remote and in-person employees, and maintain employee engagement and motivation. 

What are the biggest challenges that organisations face in transitioning to a hybrid work model?

Organisations transitioning to a hybrid work model often encounter several significant challenges. First and foremost is establishing effective communication and collaboration channels. The physical separation of employees can hinder spontaneous interactions and impede the flow of information. Organisations need to implement robust communication tools and strategies to facilitate seamless collaboration among team members.

Another challenge is ensuring equitable treatment and opportunities for both remote and in-person employees. Hybrid work models can inadvertently create a two-tier system, where in-person employees receive more visibility and opportunities for advancement. Organisations must proactively address this issue through transparent policies and fair performance evaluation methods.

Additionally, maintaining employee engagement and motivation poses a challenge in a hybrid work environment. The lack of face-to-face interactions and the potential for social isolation can impact morale and productivity. Organisations need to foster a strong sense of belonging, promote virtual socialisation, and provide avenues for professional growth to keep employees motivated and engaged.

What are some best practices for creating a successful hybrid work culture?

To cultivate a successful hybrid work culture, organisations should focus on the following best practices:

How can organisations measure the success of their hybrid work initiatives?

Measuring the success of hybrid work initiatives involves tracking both quantitative and qualitative indicators. Here are some key metrics to consider:

By following these guidelines, leaders can navigate the transition to a hybrid work model successfully and create an environment that fosters productivity, engagement, and well-being for their employees.

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky was lauded as “Office Whisperer” and “Hybrid Expert” by The New York Times, serves as the CEO of the hybrid work consultancy Disaster Avoidance Experts, and authored the best-seller Returning to the Office and Leading Hybrid and Remote Teams.