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What are the Challenges and Tradeoffs of Hybrid Work?

In our last post ‘The Move from Remote Work to Hybrid’, we discussed the companies leading the trend in hybrid work. However, as managers transition their remote teams to hybrid, they may be faced with some challenges.


We’ve composed a list of questions leaders should ask to address the challenges and tradeoffs of hybrid work.


(1) How to think about “work in the hybrid office”? 

HBR asserts that it will be essential to avoid conflating face time and actual output when assessing performance. If coming back to the office means only individual work and task-focused meetings, the positive lessons from the pandemic will have been lost.


(2) How to organize schedules?

For example, the insurer Prudential Financial wants to make certain not all 42,000 staffers choose to stay home Mondays and Fridays and then work in the office midweek.


(3) How to make the hybrid workplace fair?

According to HBR, managers will have to actively manage differences in power driven by “Hybridity Positioning” and “Hybridity Competence”. First, due to where they’re positioned, employees have different access to resources and different levels of visibility. Second, not all individuals are equally skilled at operating within a hybrid environment.


(4) How to be sensitive to employees’ individual circumstances?

According to the WSJ, the better you understand how each employee benefits from remote work, as well as where each employee struggles, the better you can craft a hybrid plan that works for that employee and the overall team.


(5) How to integrate new hires?

Employers have become more willing to consider hiring employees who will work virtually. Team leaders will have to find a way to put their new remote hires on a comparable footing to those who are brought into a face-to-face office environment.


As teams shift from remote to hybrid work, it will be key for leaders to address the challenges of hybrid work and realize the exciting tradeoffs for their team!



Empathy, feeling of connection and trust in teams has never been more important.


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