Fast Company: A better approach to hybrid work

Research from Lindner dean finds creative solutions are needed

With hybrid work here to stay, employers need to develop more creative and productive solutions for their employees to work both from home and in the office, research from a University of Cincinnati dean found.

Marianne Lewis, Dean of Lindner College

Marianne Lewis, dean of the Carl H. Lindner College of Business

Marianne Lewis, dean and professor of management at UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, and Wendy Smith, the Dana J. Johnson professor of management at the University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business and Economics, researched ways to best approach hybrid work schedules. They wrote about their findings in Fast Company.

Lewis and Smith found employers enjoy the benefits of working from home such as additional flexibility in their schedules and more time spent with family but often would burn out as lines between work and home blurred. Work in the office encourages collaboration and stronger social bonds with coworkers but can be rigid and limiting.

“Having studied what we call 'both/and thinking' for the last 25 years, we know there’s a better approach,” Lewis and Smith wrote. “Rather than bland compromises that become worse for everyone, both/and thinking enables creative integrations in which each option benefits the other.”

Highlighting the efforts of Rocketbook, Lewis and Smith found there are ways to overcome the potential pitfalls of work from home and office work.

“They also recognized that the challenge of working from home was collaboration, and did all they could to create tools and cultures to make that better,” Lewis and Smith wrote. “Same for working from the office. The collaboration power of working together benefited from intentional opportunities to come together in the office and socially.”

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