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Does Hybrid Work, Actually Work?

As business and agencies like ours make the definitive shift from fully-remote to hybrid work, one thing is crystal clear: the staff who went to work from home in 2020 are not the same people returning to the office in 2022. Most talent on and off the job market demand flexible work environments and their voices are now louder than ever – therefore we consider the question: does hybrid work, actually work?

When interviewed by the The Dallas Express on the effectiveness on Miller’s hybrid work schedule, our CEO, Erik Radle, had some food for thought.

It is undeniable that the post-pandemic work envoirnment is an uncertain one to navigate and especially to lead – Erik recognizes the lack of “interpersonal connections” between members of the team.

Keeping in mind the well-being of the Miller staff, Erik deemed a fully in-person model is ideal for the creative agency culture.

“That probably makes me a little old school and shrinks my hiring pool a little bit,” admitted Radle. However, his business is “relationship-driven. It’s contact-driven. It’s people-driven … we have to be together to work at our highest level.”

In a hybrid or remote working model, organizations/businesses need to be strategically attentive to the relationships between team members and leadership in order to keep them structurally sound. Effective teamwork increases employee motivation, helps members meet objectives, encourages creativity, and exercises social skills.

We conclude that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges of post-pandemic work environments – but any proposed solution will need to be individually tailored to each organization, its culture and its employees.

Read the full interview by The Dallas Express here: Remote Work Gets a Performance Review