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If you’re shifting your work environment to hybrid, and everyone comes in just to sit at their desk with their headphones on, what’s the point?

Instead, consider the approach to “on-sites” recommended in this Harvard Business Review article: If you’re going to have your team members come in for a set day or two a week, make the time together meaningful and designed to drive both team engagement and business results. Make it intentional.

The article outlines 3 elements of a successful on-site:

  • 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱. Structure the on-site days in alignment with your organization’s culture, values, and mission.
  • 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆. Build professional development opportunities into the structure of the day. Bonus: it’s no/low-cost professional development!
  • 𝗥𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀. Rituals connect and define. Reinvigorate old ones, or if those won’t work any more, come up with new. (Even better: have the team organically come up with new rituals!)

I’m 100% on board with each of these elements, which align with my professional passion areas of culture, leadership, and transition management. Incorporating these concepts thoughtfully into a hybrid return-to-office approach is smart business.

Which of those 3 elements would be most important to you in a professional “on-site”?

With a background in designing impactful team experiences, I’d love to help you craft a meaningful on-site (or off-site) approach. Let’s connect!


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