People proffer their views on it as a doctrine.
Which it isn’t, though there \*is\* a structured way to work through it.
Start with recognising that the real question isn’t whether the future of work is remote, on-site or hybrid.
The real question is what tradeoffs are the right ones for \*you and your company\* to make.
If you’re on the remote side, you extoll the virtues of time with family, lack of commute, environmental impact.
And you’re right.
If you’re on the on-site side, you discuss the virtues of in-person collaboration, creating culture, social interaction.
And you’re right.
So is the answer hybrid? Mandatory-number-of-days-in-office / mandatory-minimum / completely-flexible / depends-on-the-work hybrid?
The answer comes from deciding what the best tradeoffs for your company and your team are.
What to do?
1) Accept that there \*are\* tradeoffs – this isn’t religion. List them out for your company clearly (the ones I mentioned above are both valid).
2) Decide which are the right tradeoffs to make for your team and organisation. Accept that like most leadership decisions, there is no certainty, no formula – only wisdom and learning. Accept that there’s not a perfect fit, only a best fit.
3) If a tradeoff you’ll have to make is important, create a strategy to mitigate its impact.
4) Make the decision, communicate it clearly, stop stressing about it, and learn and evolve based on what you see.
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