Thrive with a Hybrid Workplace: Step-by-Step Guidance from the Experts (Hardcover)
Delivers expert guidance on balancing the inherent opportunities for growth with the risks inherent in a hybrid workplace. Remote or office? It's an ongoing debate overtaking productive conversation in many companies. The great debate of remote versus office begins with the myth of separate worlds we all live in: work-life and personal-life. For centuries, work and home were separated by physically going to and from the office. The separation was actually a myth because while we went between two different locations, each of us is one person. Our bosses may have not known anything about our or friends, and vice versa, but we did. Two worlds. One person. Multiply that reality by 6 million workplaces in the United States alone, and it becomes clear how much of a difference to employee and employer satisfaction-and GDP-a healthy hybrid model for work might represent. In this book, Julie Kantor and Felice Ekelman deliver expert guidance on balancing the inherent opportunities for growth with the risks inherent in a hybrid workplace. Given hybrid work is now the norm, leaders need to ensure that remote work is productive, and employees are engaged, both within legal guardrails. This will begin with organizations defining a flexible approach to remote work that aligns with values and business needs. Then, leaders need to be empowered to make decisions regarding how, where and when work is done. These decisions include and impact achieving success, facilitating engagement, attracting, and retaining talent, clarifying roles and responsibilities, maximizing equity, minimizing bias, and establishing a culture in which employees can thrive. Thrive provides an explanation of the various new work arrangements, with insights as to the benefits and shortcomings of each arrangement. Central to the work is a comprehensive outline of the "7-C's" which include culture and communication as a centerpiece to successful leadership. Leaders will find Thrive's practical advice useful: each section includes a host of action items which will enable leaders to implement change in their workplace. For those companies who seek to be known as a "best-in-class" employer, Thrive is a must-read for leadership. Thrive is a resource leaders will turn to again and again for encouragement and advice.
Felice B. Ekelman, JD is a Principal of Jackson Lewis PC, where she practices employment law on behalf of companies. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Sheridan Libraries and Museums. Felice is a well-known employment attorney and is a sought-out speaker. She has been quoted regarding workplace trends in Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal, Lexology, Law 360 and other business journals. Felice resides in New York City. Julie P. Kantor, PhD, is a business psychologist, executive coach, advisor, and founder of JP Kantor Consulting. As a sought-after expert in leadership, resilience, emotional intelligence and the interface between work and personal lives, Julie speaks and advises organizations ranging from small startups to global corporations. She has authored 50+ seminars which have trained thousands of employees in work-related topics. Julie is a regular contributor to Forbes on leadership and employee engagement. Julie resides in New York City.