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Gustavo Razzetti

Design a Company Culture That Will Help You Thrive in a Hybrid Workplace

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    Change the way you think about work

    The post-pandemic era provides an opportune moment for firms to reset their workplace culture and optimize their remote working environment. But to operate successfully, a hybrid workplace must adopt five key mindset shifts.

    First, intentional design of the workplace culture is vital. This involves actively seeking input from employees and being open to experimentation. If something doesn't work, it’s important to go back to the drawing board and make necessary adjustments. When employees are involved in the decision-making process, they feel valued and are more likely to contribute their unique perspectives.

    Second, the focus should be on prioritizing impact over input. Long hours and excessive emails do not define a great employee. Instead, performance should be measured based on results achieved. Workers should be encouraged to showcase their accomplishments and demonstrate the value they bring to the organization, rather than how busy they appear.

    Third, it is essential to forget traditional work-life boundaries. With remote working, employees should be allowed to embrace the messy reality of working from home. Interruptions from children or casual attire should be normalized and even encouraged. Recognizing and supporting employees' personal lives helps create a healthy work-life balance and leads to higher job satisfaction and productivity.

    Fourth, collaboration doesn't have to be synchronous. In a hybrid workplace, it is important to acknowledge that everyone works according to their own timetables. This flexibility allows individuals to optimize their productivity and find their peak working hours. By promoting asynchronous collaboration, teams can effectively work together without the constraints of synchronized schedules.

    And finally, decision-making should be delegated to teams to design their own hybrid-work policies. Empowering employees to have a say in how and where they work provides a sense of ownership and autonomy. This approach fosters a culture of trust, engagement, and adaptability within the organization.

    So, now that we’ve covered all five key mindset shifts, let’s run through them again to make sure that you’ve got them. Remote workplaces should prioritize intentional workplace design, focus on impact rather than input, embrace the messy reality of remote work, promote asynchronous collaboration, and delegate decision-making to empower teams. By incorporating these mindsets, your workplace will thrive in an evolving work landscape and create a fulfilling and productive work experience.

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    What is Remote, Not Distant about?

    Remote but not Distant (2022) explores the many facets of remote work and its impact on teams and individual employees. It delves into how technology, mindset, and leadership strategies can be used to create a more effective and human-centered remote-working environment, and provides practical tips and insights for managers and employees alike. 

    Who should read Remote, Not Distant?

    • Managers and entrepreneurs who want to shift to a flexible remote-working model
    • Office workers who want to convince their bosses to switch to a hybrid work model
    • Remote workers who feel their current work model needs an overhaul

    About the Author

    Gustavo Razzetti, a renowned workplace culture expert, is dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations to overcome limitations and reach their full potential. With four published books including Stretch for Change, and featured insights in prestigious publications, Razzetti's forward-thinking ideas are guiding leaders and teams to achieve their best work.

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