Multi-Platform Work Environment & Hybrid Working

How does a multiplatform organisation change and adapt to the next normal? For some, already working in a dynamic hybrid culture, the next normal will just be the next step. For other organisations, it means revolution. In one friend’s organisation those in manufacture are on site, whilst office staff are mainly working from home. There’s clear potential for confusion and resentment in such cases, especially where the boundary between office based and manufacturing is fairly softly defined. What about prototyping and what should be an easy flowing dialogue between developers and designers? The virtual team just may not do at the cutting edge of production. Similar concerns exist in most organisations.  So key challenges for employers will include: Thinking through the process, management and cultural implications READ MORE

Required return to office; the impact on the organisation, staff and environment.

Please note this post is about ‘office only’ environments; I’m aware there are many other work environments where the contents of this post cannot apply. I’m trying to understand why some organisations are requiring all staff to return to working in the office full time. I’m struggling to find a reason that is positive for both the organisation and the staff. However, I can think of several negative reasons; here’s a few potential examples: · The organisation has always been fully office based. · The organisation does not trust staff to work remotely · The organisation requires staff are very closely managed. I’ve heard it said that the accidental interactions, such as bumping into someone in the corridor, can lead to initiatives and forward movement. There READ MORE

The working from home debate; the impact on executives

In my previous post I mentioned I have worked remotely for many years with frequent visits to my clients. Most of these were international, so remote working was a more obvious approach – but some were UK organisations. Many companies in fast moving industries take a direct approach; they want the best people with the best fit for whatever job is in hand and don’t hugely care where they are. I’ve seen this approach work time and again. It’s also true with more traditional industries where sales and customer support staff may be spread all over the place. So how big a question is the working from home debate really? Not as big as it is made out to be, in my view. I would turn READ MORE

Lockdowns and re-starts; the impact on executives

Like many on LinkedIn, I was asked to contribute on managing career uncertainty during the pandemic. After reading some of the posts and watching the video, I had a different question to ask and so this post. I’ve worked mostly from home for many years, with frequent visits to international clients. With the first lockdown everything came to a halt, as it did for so many. Since then furlough has just about kept me above water and I decided that this was an opportunity to learn. I chose to take a post-grad course in Executive Coaching which I have just completed (and I’m consequently now looking for clients). I fully understand that for many this period has caused anxiety, depression and burnout, hardship and difficulty separating READ MORE