In this week’s podcast I share some of my personal history and how I came to be so interested in all things hybrid and virtual working. From Germany to London in my art school years, and from Athens to Oxford as my work moved from Art to Anthropology and then Education, this episode sets out what I think is interesting about hybrid and virtual working, why it’s important and why now is the time to really find ways of working that work for you.
Listen to the episode:
What are your hybrid working conundrums? Leave a comment or email me with you questions and problems when it comes to hybrid working, and I’ll pick these up in the upcoming episodes.
Learn more about the course
Change your Hybrid Working Habits, my new 4 week course, starts 20th October 2023.
One of the consequences of the global pandemic in the workplace is an increased demand for flexible and hybrid working. In response, employers are offering staff to work from home more regularly, and come into the office or on campus for less time each week. Flexible working is intended to increase staff satisfaction, productivity, and retention at a time when we have moved from the great resignation of 2021 to an endemic of ‘quiet quitting’. At the same time, effectively working from home has become a sought after skill in the workplace, particularly as some of the negative impacts of long term home working on (mental) health, equality, diversity and inclusion and staff engagement have started to emerge.
Bridging the gap between the growing hybrid workforce of knowledge workers and the (lack) of organisational vision for the post-pandemic workplace, are the managers and leaders leading increasingly virtual teams. It is their job to translate the newfound flexibility into effective collaboration between colleagues. It is their challenge to establish communication channels that engage a hybrid workforce with diverse needs, balancing work with other commitments. A workforce for whom coming to the office or on campus may be a hated necessity or indeed a much sought after opportunity. Not everyone loves working from home, sharing a desk or meeting in a coffee shop.
If you are looking to move from overwhelm and burnout to finding balance, then this course is for you.
Develop the skills you need
This course is designed to help develop skills to:
- Audit your hybrid working habits to find out how your current habits are impacting on you and what to change;
- Set boundaries for a better life/work balance and stick to them even when things are busy;
- Increase productivity away from the screen by using strategies for communicating and collaborating outside of meetings;
- Communicate more effectively in the hybrid workplace in a way that works for you and reduces digital overwhelm.
Listen to the podcast
The course has four parts and each part is introduced by a podcast episode that sets out the key ideas for the topic. I have chosen the podcast format to enable you to follow the course at your own pace, listening when it suits you and also to minimise screen time needed to take part in the course. Whether you listen to the course as you walk the dog, cook or sit in a comfy chair, this course is designed to take you away from your screen and constant stream of notifications. You just have to listen.
Reflect on your practice in weekly hangouts
Each topic is accompanied by prompts and questions to help you reflect on your professional practice. We will use these prompts in weekly course sessions to take a deeper dive into ways of working in the hybrid workplace and reflect on how your habits aligns with your goals and values. You can choose whether you write your reflections down, share them with others in the course or keep them private for yourself.
Explore new ways of working
Each topic comes resources and tools to explore. You can try out new idea for yourself or join one of the weekly drop-in sessions for personalised support.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for emerging and established leaders and managers working in a hybrid or fully virtual setting in education and the not-for-profit sector. We will focus on how to develop effective home/hybrid working strategies. Whether you are collaborating online on a project, organising distributed volunteers or managing a whole hybrid working department, this course will support you to move from overwhelm and burnout to finding balance.
4 Week Course Listener – free
- Listen via your favourite podcast app
- Follow at your own pace
- Explore resources via the show notes
- Upgrade anytime!
4 Week Course Explorer – £29
- Course content straight to your inbox
- Weekly course hangout & drop-in support
- End of course summary with resource pack
- Certificate & badge upon completion
4 Week Course Explorer + Personal Coaching – £229
Course Explorer package PLUS:
- 4 x 1-to-1 coaching sessions tailored to you
- resources and tools
- personal plan and accountability check-ins
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