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Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Although the title might hint to airline packages for frequent fliers, this week we are actually discussing an emerging topic at the intersection of remote work, management, and HR. Due to the current restrictions generated by the pandemic, hybrid work is becoming the preferred solution that ideally combines the best of both worlds: the social interaction facilitated by the office, and the health safety and productivity enabled by remote work. As countries around the world make their return to physical offices, those who continue working remotely may be unconsciously treated in an inferior manner. More on this at our content selection of Week 30.

By Marcus Cederberg | Harvard Business Review | 17 min

A decade-old theory has re-emerged in which researchers at the University of Georgetown claim that in hybrid work arrangements, the team dynamics were affected, which could have potentially hurt team performance as well. Having a hybrid arrangement could also lead to two tiers of employees and salaries, thus making full-remote workers feel less appreciated, seen, and included. Read the full article here.

Organizations | Management | Work Culture

By Sid Sijbrandij | WIRED | 5 min

Building upon the insights shared in the article above, this piece takes things further to demonstrate how hybrid work issues stem from a lack of a dual management approach that caters equally to office employees and remote staff members. "Most leadership in hybrid-remote firms will keep working from the head office, degrading the default way of working from "remote-first" to "remote-allowed," where remote employees are not penalized for working outside the office, but are also not proactively integrated into the fabric of the company". As a result, less seen employees might have lower chances of getting a promotion and might also feel treated as inferiors. Read the full article here.

Organizations | Management | Work Culture

By Kaitlin Woolley and Laura M. Giurge | Harvard Business Review | 5 min

As July and August are the months when most employees take a well-deserved vacation, this is the right time to get a reminder about the boundaries between work and time off. While this year our vacations might look different, this doesn't imply that work needs to spill into our holidays, regardless of how and where we choose to spend them. This article explains a new link between working during time off and the intrinsic motivation we feel for our jobs. Read the full article here.

Organizations | Management | Work Culture


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