A Successful Hybrid Workplace Model

As many workplaces reopen their offices, businesses are renegotiating the role of the physical workplace. While many believed that remote work culture would be a boon to productivity and hamper company culture, these concerns are thankfully unfounded. Hybrid workplaces allow your business to create a more inclusive culture, increase productivity, and encourage creativity. At the Neuroleadership Institute, we have the experience necessary to help your organization adopt a successful hybrid work model and transform your business to meet its 21st-century potential.

The Opposition to Hybrid Work… Debunked

Since the invention of hybrid work, we’ve seen misinterpretations in abundance. Thankfully, many of the myths surrounding lost productivity and culture have been entirely unfounded. At NLI, we’ve debunked the following concerns about hybrid work

  • Productivity will drop: Research has consistently suggested that hybrid work allows workers to increase their productivity. Despite the pandemic’s stressors, 94% of 800 organizations have reported that their productivity while hybrid working stayed the same or improved. 
  • Culture will suffer: Hybrid working arrangements allow businesses to strengthen their workplace culture. Simply put, your office does not define your culture — your employees do. 
  • Innovation will suffer: Despite the lack of in-person brainstorming sessions, hybrid working is just as effective at allowing individuals to create innovative ideas. Hybrid work gives team members the opportunity to develop ideas individually and share them over video calls. 
  • Hybrid work is inherently unfair: With hybrid workers being just as productive and innovative as their counterparts, at-home workers can receive promotions without being held to a higher standard than in-office employees. Managers must combat their distance bias to recognize, promote, and retain the best talent.
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The Power in Gifting Autonomy

Overall, these studies show that productivity is deeply correlated with a sense of autonomy. By allowing your employees to choose hybrid work and make their own choices, they take greater ownership over their efforts and work more efficiently than their counterparts to make the most of their time. Gifting autonomy through a flexible work model has the following benefits: 

  • Activating strong reward networks in the brain when your team members discover they have a choice, anticipate it, make their decisions, and enjoy the results” 
  • Increasing positivity in the workforce and reducing negative experiences in the office 
  • Bringing an increased feeling of responsibility and control by allowing employees to manage their schedules most effectively 
  • Inspiring workers to take control of their projects with a hybrid work schedule

How to Curate a Successful Hybrid Workplace

Your workplace can create a successful hybrid workplace with a few steps. Always consider the following factors: 

  • Tackle expediency bias: Resist making quick decisions regarding your hybrid policy and build well-developed guidelines based on scientific thinking. 
  • Confront distance bias: Remember that your hybrid workers are just as dedicated and productive as their counterparts and deserve recognition for their work. 
  • Reflect on your experience: Always take time to reflect on what initiatives are and aren’t working.
  • Follow the science: Take NLI’s lead and follow neuroscience to make the best decisions.
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NLI Can Aid in the Shift to Hybrid

At the NeuroLeadership Institute, we help workplaces shift to hybrid with FLEX. Our FLEX program nurtures:

Resilience

Give your employees the tools to navigate stress and uncertainty.

Productivity

Learn how to maintain performance in the face of distraction and disruption.

Relatedness

Increase workplace empathy to build connectivity.

Certainty

Transform your workplace into a beacon of control and clarity in times of uncertainty.

Reach out to NLI today to see how we can help you transform your business. 

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