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Cisco released its first Hybrid Work Index – Here’s What We Learned!

Having analyzed millions of customer data points across 34 countries, Cisco released its first Hybrid Work Index (HWI). The HWI examines how people’s preferences, habits, and technology usage have changed in the era of hybrid work.


The research uncovered several insights for team leaders. We found the trends in meeting participation patterns especially insightful as they impact how leaders should design their teams’ day-to-day work and collaboration.


People want choice, and the hybrid workplace increases employee loyalty:
agree that the ability to work remotely instead of coming into an office directly affects whether they stay or leave a job.


Cisco Hybrid Work Index


Meetings abound, but not everyone “participates” the same way:
Only 48% of meeting participants are likely to speak.

In addition, 98% of meetings have at least 1 person joining remotely – increasing the need for inclusion and engagement of remote participants, so that they feel equal to their peers on site.


Flexibility and Wellness are key drivers for hybrid work:
An overwhelming majority of respondents agree that personal health and wellness, along with flexible work arrangements, are non-negotiables as we move into the future of hybrid work.


Hybrid work means increased access to diverse talent:
82% of respondents agree that access to connectivity is critical to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the importance of ensuring everyone has equal access to jobs, education and healthcare opportunities.


Hybrid work has changed how teams collaborate and stay connected to win together. Modern leaders utilize new ways to help their teams adopt the new mindset, be flexible, and inclusive.





Hybrid work requires new norms and skills. Teamraderie’s experience Setting-Up Your Team for Hybrid Work is premised on academic research and designed to help your team navigate hybrid successfully.


Team Building for Hybrid Teams


The hybrid world has both danger and opportunity for work teams. 


The danger is that we become fragmented, out-of-sync, and even distrustful of each other. We’ll succumb to the danger if we stick to the old ways of doing things. 


The opportunity is to become more inclusive, connected, adaptive, resilient, innovative, and productive. We’ll take advantage of this opportunity if we learn how to evolve how we collaborate and how we lead.


Stanford University’s Glenn Fajardo will lead your team through two exercises – one to capture your discoveries on improved ways of working enabled by remote work, and a second exercise that builds on that to establish an effective way for working together.