In the 20th episode of Better Monday podcast, Milla and her guest Karoliina Jarenko dive deeper into the meaning of hybrid work and its common dilemmas. Karoliina calls herself “The Handy Mandy of future work-life” as she has a very diverse background in consulting and organisational development. From this perspective, she shares her best tips on how to avoid desocialization and embrace humanity in the new era of hybrid workplaces.
“I guess the big transformation is that the value of human work will be more and more based on humanity and creativity: thinking of each other, being there, taking care, and influencing each other. The value of human work will be based on human stuff and less and less on human machines doing routine work. In other words, human work will be created through the interplay of heart, mind and brain. We need to obey our inspiration more, and thats a huge shift in everyday work-life practices.”
Unfortunately, our mindsets are still stuck in the era of factory work: even though most of us do knowledge work, we have fixed working hours, working shifts and the goal to keep the “production line” of value running evenly. We think that we humans are supposed to produce in a stable, predictable manner, even though our brains don’t operate in that way. We have bursts of inspiration and energetic phases throughout the day and week, which is why we are not able to work effectively from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday.
With hybrid work, we get the best of both worlds: we get to spend time at home, follow our personal energy cycles, and concentrate on our work. Then we also get to meet other people and spend time with them. “I wish companies would use this transformation as an opportunity to give their employees the permission to practice self-leadership in a more courageous manner”, Karoliina concludes.
“Even though we had 18 months of practice, I don’t think we became that good in enhancing relationships, psychological safety and the emotional atmosphere through online means. This is something we want to fix when we get to meet each other and work in a physical environment.”
Highlights of the episode:
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