Flexible Working

Managing performance on hybrid teams

09 Jul 2024 | Wayne Turmel

As hybrid working becomes more and more widespread, one of the biggest difficulties that has emerged is how to manage individual performance when some people are in the office more than others.

Are America and Europe returning to the office in the same way?

18 Apr 2024 | Wayne Turmel

It has been four years since Covid caused a seismic change in how and where people work. But are North America and Europe handling this trend in the same way? The evidence says not.

What to do if hybrid isnít working

27 Feb 2024 | Wayne Turmel

How are teamís hybrid working arrangements working out? Are they better or worse than you expected?

Communication is more than a transaction

17 Jan 2024 | Wayne Turmel

One of the biggest complaints about working remotely is that communication has become a series of transactions. But why is that a problem?

The critical factor for team collaboration

13 Dec 2023 | Wayne Turmel

It doesnít matter if your team is co-located, fully remote, or hybrid. Work slows if people canít get access to the critical information they need to do their jobs.

Beware these remote management biases

17 Nov 2023 | Wayne Turmel

We all have biases that occasionally get us in trouble. And that's as true in a remote management context as it is in any other workplace setting.

Enhancing engagement when flexible working isn't an option

19 Oct 2023 | Karen Jackson

There are many jobs where flexible working simply isnít an option. So what alternative benefits can employers offer that will enhance employee well-being and engagement?

Who is working from home (and who isn't)?

18 Oct 2023 | Wayne Turmel

Why do some people work from home and others prefer (or have no choice but) to work in the office? The reasons are more varied than you might think.

Employers respond to staff demands for more benefits and flexibility

09 Oct 2023 | Management-Issues

Despite pressure on budgets, the majority of UK employers are responding to staff demands for an expansion of benefits and flexible working.

Employees reject workplace monitoring

04 Oct 2023 | Management-Issues

More than two-thirds of people in the UK find the idea of being monitored in the workplace intrusive, according to new research.

Are we neglecting managers in the new world of work?

15 Sep 2023 | Marco Favaloro

With many managers struggling at a personal level in the new world of hybrid work, organisations need to offer additional support to build healthy workplace relationships.

Inclusion is the key to engagement

07 Sep 2023 | Wayne Turmel

How do you keep employees engaged when they arenít interacting with colleagues every day? The answer is to try to include them whenever the opportunity arises.

Great expectations?

05 Jul 2023 | Wayne Turmel

An issue many managers come up against on remote or hybrid teams is that there are fewer opportunities to inspect peoples' work in person, or on-demand. Dealing with this is all about expectations.

Hybrid teams: keeping up the connections

19 Apr 2023 | Marco Favaloro

It's all too easy for those all-important 'water cooler' moments to evaporate in the new hybrid world of work. So how do you build deeper relationships in teams that rarely share the same physical space?

The great mismatch?

04 Apr 2023 | Wayne Turmel

First was "the Great Resignation." Then there was "Quiet Quitting." But the latest buzzword flying around to help us understand the changing workplace is "the Great Mismatch."

Leaders, teammates, and teams

09 Mar 2023 | Wayne Turmel

The trend for remote work was rising for years before the COVID tsunami hit. But now we've passed that first big wave of change, what will teamwork look like going forward?

We're at a post-Covid inflection point. Now what?

17 Feb 2023 | Wayne Turmel

Three years of Covid-inspired disruption to the way work is done has left uncertainty in its wake. But waving a magic wand and saying, "we're going back to the way things were," isn't going to work for a number of reasons.

Does working remotely make work less toxic?

13 Dec 2022 | Wayne Turmel

Some unwelcome workplace behaviors disappear when we work remotely. But when the way we work changes, so do the ways we manage to annoy and undermine each other.

Is there a place for gossip in the new normal?

16 Aug 2022 | Bob Selden

Social chit-chat is a vital part of being human. But how does that fit in with the the new normal of hybrid or home working where our physical contact with others is limited?

Corporate culture: have we lost our touch?

01 Aug 2022 | Bob Selden

Remote working is all very well, but how can we get a real feel for other people and build meaningful relationships without ever being in physical proximity to them?