5 Ways to Effectively Lead Your Workforce in a Hybrid Environment  

5 Ways to Effectively Lead Your Workforce in a Hybrid Environment  

Leadership is challenging, and an everchanging work environment can leave leaders overwhelmed and directionless. As indicated in a recent Gallup survey,  53% of employers plan to keep or implement a hybrid work environment for their company, suggesting that these workplace changes are here to stay.  

The growth of hybrid employees necessitates a leadership shift to create a strong workforce and yield optimal results for their company.  

Invest in Technology  

No matter your company’s industry or sector, ample and reliable technology is essential in a hybrid work environment.  

This means employers should ensure that each employee has access to all required technological tools in both of their workplaces – at the office and at home. With reliable internet connection and tools, your employees will be able to work more efficiently compared to employees struggling with slow loading times and out-of-date-software.   

Be Flexible and Have Empathy  

Hybrid work is all about flexibility.  

Having employees working in both the office and at home, it is your job as a manager to be flexible with their schedule. Life happens, and your employees will hope you understand if things come up. 

It is likely that your employees prefer different working environments. You may have one employee who loves to work at home and can be easily distracted at the office, and another that depends on the office for a quiet, uninterrupted workspace. As a manager, adjusting to their individual hybrid work preferences and schedules may elicit the best results. 

Flexibility is paramount when urgent matters come up. There may be times where last-minute activities involving children, health or other personal events could impact your employee’s schedule. Try to look at every situation from a humanistic approach.   

Meet Often 

A JLL study reported that 66% of remote workers miss regular, in-person interactions with their co-workers and bosses in the workplace.   

Meeting face-to-face with employees is vital to prevent burnout and feelings of isolation. When employees come into the office for work, consider building time into your schedule to meet with them. 

While email and video chatting can still lead to productive conversations, communicating with your employees in person allows for more collaboration, time for questions and human connections that many employees seek in their employer. 

During those meetings it’s important to check-in on how hybrid work is going, if the employees feel like it is productive for their type of work and overall feelings of their roles in the company.   

Avoid Ambiguity and Communicate 

In a hybrid work environment, your employees will rarely be in one place at the same time. Thus, it is important to be clear about your expectations for them, and the goals for your team and company.  

Additionally, it is important to clearly communicate in-office expectations of your employees. If you do not set a schedule or discuss expectations, confusion can ensue and make your employees disgruntled. 

Being unclear of your expectations can waste time for both you and your employees. Mitigate this by keeping clear lines of communication open between you and your team.    

Set Boundaries  

Like an 8am-5pm office schedule, remote employees also deserve to have set working and non-working times. With remote work, the lines between work time and home life can easily get blurred. There are often distractions at home that are not present in the office, and it can be a challenge for some to shut off their computer at night. 

Consider setting expectations for your employees to not feel the need to answer messages or emails during all hours of the day, as it is not sustainable and can lead to burnout. Give them a hard end time of the workday, which leadership should follow as well, so you can lead with an example and promote a healthy workspace.   

Implementing these tips will provide a more positive and successful work environment for your employees and will make them feel their time is being considered and used effectively. 

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