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A hybrid new world – Part 3: ‘Time & Place’

In the last blog, we looked at hybrid working from a competency perspective: what do managers need to do well, in order to build high performing hybrid teams. In this blog, we will look into the different types of work arrangements, that exist when it comes to creating a hybrid working policy. There is no…

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A hybrid new world – Part 2: ‘Leading Hybrid Teams’

On a rainy October morning last week, the radio news here in the Netherlands announced record high traffic jams during the morning rush hour. The newsreader mentioned that commuter traffic in the busy Western part of the country is back to pre-covid levels. I was shocked to hear that some large Dutch corporations require all…

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“We’re all equal on Zoom” – A hybrid new world

There is not a single boardroom where the topic of hybrid working is missing on the agenda. All organizations are charting the new territory of how work is organized in the post pandemic era. At one extreme, there are companies demanding that everyone return to the office. At the other, some organisations go completely remote and…

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Hybrid working and productivity

Hybrid Work | Nomadic IBP

In earlier blogs in this space, we have looked at the productivity of remote workers. As we speak, many organizations are exploring ‘hybrid’ types of working, looking to strike the fine balance between office-based, face-to-face work, on the one hand and WFH (working from home), on the other. Many surveys of employees and employers found…

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The empty office

Empty Office

As we speak, most organisations are figuring out how to manage the transition from Working from Home during lockdown to the post-Covid situation. In our last newsletter (May 2021), I looked at how remote working fits better with some industries than others. The finance industry topped the list of sectors that lend themselves to continue working remotely. At…

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Manage your energy, not your time (part 2)

In our previous post, we looked at how the HBR article ‘Manage your energy, not your time’ from 2000 (Schwartz & McCarthy, February 2000), is surprisingly up to date. In the current WFA (Working from Anywhere) context, the advice on how to make your workday productive and satisfying is of key importance to both workers…

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Manage your energy, not your time (part 1)

This title of a HBR article from 2000 seems again very relevant as we are experiencing a massive shift from office to the home office (Schwartz & McCarthy, February 2000). Schwartz et al. argue that organisations are often pushing employees too hard to increase productivity, ignoring people’s need to replenish their physical, emotional, mental, and…

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Working from anywhere: lessons learnt in 2020

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The cover article of the November/December issue of Harvard Business Review features a comprehensive article (by Prithwiraj Choudhury) on remote working, and it inspired me to take a look at the remarkable shift that has taken place during 2020. Choudhury has spent 5 years studying practices of WFA organizations. Literal quotes from his article are shown in…

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Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living

Watch this video on YouTube The September 12 issue of The Economist featured the best article on remote working that I have read in a long time. Here is my summary of it. For the full article, click the link at the bottom of this piece. People particularly fond of their pyjamas have for decades…

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