Let's Get Hybrid!
Do you yearn for office life?
Do you miss co-workers whose only goal in life is to pester you from morning to night?
If so, you are part of the 73% of knowledge workers who "want to divide their week between home and office working after the pandemic."
So says Nigel Davies, the author of "5 Ways to Support Hybrid Working In The Future Workplace," a spiffy article I found on Forbes.
(Don't want to go hybrid? You're part of the 7% who want to go back to full-time office work, 100% of whom currently live with dyspeptic parrots. Let's say it together: "Polly want a Paxil?")
According to CEO Davies, the ideal home/office split for the work week turns out to be 64% home and 36% office. Unfortunately, this workplace version of the Golden Ratio is not easy to achieve. Employers don't understand what their employees want. Or, worse, they don't care. Either way, happy homebound workers, having spent a year learning how to successfully work at their kitchen tables or in their shower stalls, are now being dragooned back to the office by bosses with a Stone Age mentality.
Like David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs, who "has called working from home an 'aberration' that will be 'corrected as soon as possible.'" I'm not exactly sure what means Solomon intends to employ to make this correction, but if attack dogs are involved, I'll race you back to the office.
For employers who are open to an open relationship with their employees, Davies has five ideas for making a hybrid relationship work. They don't all work, but I did make a few slight improvements.
No.1: "Help all workers to be more visible."
A common grievance of remote workers is that it is harder for them to get promotions "because they're not as visible to managers and leaders who do the promoting." Why this is still a problem, I do not know. This column has always recommended that before you join a Zoom meeting, you take off all your clothes. You may not get your ideas across, but trust me, you will be noticed.