What will a hybrid workplace mean for managers?

A few reflections from Management Today's return to the newsroom.

by Stephen Jones

It’s official: Management Today has returned to the physical office.  Well, one of us has anyway, on a two-to-three days a week basis. 

The overnight switch to sustained remote working in 2020 didn’t hit our team as hard as it may have others -  we often split our pre-pandemic working lives between our Twickenham newsroom, the home kitchen table or some dark corner of a City coffee shop. But for me as for many others, the ennui of working and living in the same four walls for months on end became a little too much. After my first few days back I have some observations. 

Let's start with the positives. The short walking commute created a psychological barrier between work and home. The professional environment meant I found it easier to focus on tasks at hand. I had interesting and enjoyable conversations with colleagues outside of my immediate team -  it even got the creative juices flowing enough for me to pen this short column. 

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