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Embracing Hybrid: The New Face of Work

The traditional work landscape is evolving at an unprecedented pace, giving rise to a hybrid work model that balances in-person and remote work. In a recent podcast episode of Work Wonders, hosts Angela and Susan explore this seismic shift, offering valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities this new work paradigm presents.

The Evolution of Remote Work

  • The episode begins with a deep dive into the evolution of remote work, from its emergency adoption in 2020 to its acceptance as the new normal in 2021, and its transformation into the hybrid work model in 2022.
  • Angela and Susan discuss the pros and cons of remote work, emphasizing the importance of balancing in-person and remote work.
  • They highlight the nerve-racking challenges of starting a new job remotely and discuss how remote work has become indispensable in the modern work environment.
  • While remote work offers flexibility, it also presents unique challenges such as ensuring productivity, maintaining work-life balance, and establishing clear communication channels.

Managing a Hybrid Workforce

  • Angela and Susan guide listeners through the complexities of managing a hybrid workforce in the second part of the episode.
  • They discuss everything from maintaining confidentiality to setting clear objectives, ensuring health and safety, and teaching employees how to switch off from work.
  • The hosts underscore the importance of focusing on outcomes rather than hours worked, and building trust in managing remote workers.
  • They suggest that creating a comfortable and appealing workspace with natural light and necessary resources can entice employees back to the office.

The Power of In-Person Interactions

  • The episode explores the undeniable benefits of in-person interactions in the office environment.
  • The hosts stress the importance of balancing remote and in-person work and note that creating a welcoming environment is crucial to making the transition successful.
  • Angela and Susan encourage listeners to involve their team in the decision-making process and consider their reasons for bringing employees back into the office.
  • The goal, they emphasize, is to find a productive and enjoyable way to work together in the office.


As we navigate this new world of work, the key takeaway from this episode is the need for flexibility and balance.  Whether it’s striking the right balance between remote and in-person work, managing a hybrid workforce effectively, or leveraging the benefits of in-person interactions, the future of work calls for an adaptable and forward-thinking approach.

The hybrid work model is not a one-size-fits-all solution; it requires careful planning and implementation. But with the right strategies and mindset, businesses can harness the power of this new model to create a balanced, productive, and fulfilling work environment.

To learn more about navigating the future of work, tune into the Work Wonders podcast. Angela and Susan’s insights and practical tips will surely guide you in paving a path towards a balanced, productive, and fulfilling future of work.

Season 4 Episode 8 was published on 6 November 2023

About Susan Rochester

Susan is Senior Consultant and Coach at Aster HR. She also co-hosts the Work Wonders podcast with Angela Gauci. With over 20 years experience in consulting and coaching, Susan provides clarity and insights for our clients based on past experience and the latest research.

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