How hybrid work requires us to connect more deeply than ever

  • Scientific research shows that human connection makes us healthier, happier and more productive in and out of the workplace.
  • Individuals can sit in four areas in relation to connection to self and others depending on mindset, context of role, timing and commitment.
  • This article includes practical tips to survive and thrive in a hybrid environment.

Working within a hybrid environment has fast become part of the new world. With the accessibility of technology and better working practices we are witnessing a downturn in the need to invest in expensive offices. Some businesses access all they need from a backpack. Whoever would have thought this was even possible?

A report from the UN International Labour organisation found that while many employees are more productive when they work outside of the conventional office, they're also more vulnerable to working longer hours, at more intense work pace and experiencing greater stress. I have witnessed that as much as productivity can increase, collaboration, connection and communication can be stifled.

Connection is about being associated with someone or something. Scientific research shows that human connection makes us healthier, happier and more productive in and out of the workplace.

During the 2020 global pandemic, when most of us were physically disconnected, we found ways to connect virtually with our teams, loved ones and friends. The conduit to connection changed from face to face to virtual but the yearning for connection at a deep, human level never ceased. If anything, I observed an increase in the need and want for connection.

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