Lidia Mansur
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Lidia Mansur

Hybrid revolution

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Since the rapid spread of COVID-19, remote work gained momentum instantly. It sounds like heaven to most employees, not so much for business owners, families fulfilled with everybody at home, apart from the cat that never saw so many people in its territory for so long. But are all parts really prepared for going remote all-in?

When we talk about telecommuting, we need to talk about productivity. From that perspective, a positive outcome is expected: employers need to break the paradigm between quantity versus quality. Focusing on the number of hours worked in a day represents an outdated mindset, and besides, technology and data science are on our side more than ever, therefore, we have a diversity of ways for measuring productivity. But, is it really only a matter of productivity, or is there a sprinkling of distrust? Yes, indeed, there is some lack of trust from the side of managers, product owners, and so forth.

While productivity is almost a cliche in that regard, we often forget about a hidden villain. Now, everybody is trying to acclimate to the new work-from-home improvised environment, and although it is pleasurable work wearing flip-flops and snacking all the time, boredom may take its place. Lack of human interaction can actually backfire, as a low degree of stimulation can affect creativity, which is one of the most valuable assets for a company.

Apart from that, taking into consideration all different individual nuances, it’s natural that some profiles would adapt faster, but some other traits should be solid rock, especially if you don’t have your boss entangling you all the time. For instance, being self-driven, self-motivated, having clear communication, and having good time management are aspects to be strengthened in a remote environment.

After this crisis, hopefully, the new norm would be a hybrid working system. Going hybrid, a diversity of profiles would be attended, it would increase flexibility and decrease stigma. If it is known that in every crisis there are 3 components — an opportunity, a due time, and a lesson — why not take advantage of this leverage and make a hybrid revolution?

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Lidia Mansur

Lidia Mansur

I am an introverted people-person data nerd, with a cool sense of humor. You’ll see.