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7 Ways to Be a Better Leader in a Remote World
Episode 11014th September 2022 • This Shit Works • Julie Brown
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Recent Pew research suggests that out of those eligible to work virtually 7 out of 10 usually do. And McKinsey reports that more than 50% of employees would like to work from home at least three days per week. 

So with more and more employees choosing to work from home for a majority of their work week how can leaders strengthen relationships and create that sense of belonging among disparate team members?


Listen in for 7 ways to be a better leader in a remote world. 


Drink of the week: Champagne cocktail

 

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Recent pew research suggests that out of those eligible to work virtually.

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Seven out of 10, usually do.

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And McKinsey reports that more than 50% of employees would like to work

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from home at least three days per week.

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Welcome to episode one 10 of the shit works.

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I'm your host, Julie Brown.

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And today we are discussing how leaders can focus on building relationships

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and comradery in a remote world.

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Another recent McKinsey report shows that employers often undervalue

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the relational aspects of a job.

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Things like being valued by leaders and having a sense of belonging

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with a new new organization.

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So.

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With more and more employees choosing to work from home for

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a majority of their workweek.

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How can leaders strengthen relationships and create that sense of belonging

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among disparate team members?

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Let me just tell you that there's no shortage of articles out

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there discussing and describing.

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What it takes to be a successful leader of hybrid teams.

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I will put links to all of these articles in the research section of the show notes.

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But here are seven tips that might be of benefit to you and your team.

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Again, the user from a number of different sources that are

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cited in the research things.

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You ready?

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One.

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Leaders must reassure people that, whether they're working in person.

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Remotely.

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Or a combination of the two.

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Their choice is not career limiting in their contributions are valued.

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Too.

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Provide clarity.

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When it comes to company direction, policies and values

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around working from home.

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Be clear about what the company worked from home policy is ambiguity.

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Is not a policy.

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Three.

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Trust your team.

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Don't micromanage them.

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Uh, 2020 report by owl labs found three quarters of employees were just

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as productive or more productive.

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While working from home during the pandemic.

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So hire well.

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Trust without requiring it first to be earned.

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Offer genuinely useful support when it's needed.

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And you shall be rewarded with happy, productive teams who feel

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empowered and take initiative.

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For.

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Foster empathy.

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Equity and inclusion in your hybrid work model.

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Work to maintain or establish inclusive practices for things

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like teen huddles or group calls.

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Meters of highly effective teams enable full percent participation

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of all of their members.

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No matter where they are.

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Include everyone.

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Use the shift to hybrid.

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As an opportunity to identify any cultural gaps.

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In your company, and to set new norms, to create a better, stronger culture.

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That learning agility or the ability to adapt and thrive in

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new situations is crucial to your organization's hybrid work success.

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Leaders should schedule time every couple of weeks to talk with team members

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about what's working and what isn't.

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In addition, they should connect with other leaders of hybrid teams

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throughout their organization and within their network.

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To find out and discuss what their successes have been and their challenges.

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Six.

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The apprehension served by survey by Iowa labs, asked employees what would make

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them more effective as remote worker.

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The highest response, 32%.

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Was remote training.

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So offer remote training to your employees.

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Do you know how many virtual networking classes I taught to

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companies during the pandemic?

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Oh shit.

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Because it's the one thing that they needed to learn how to do in

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a virtual world, because they never networked in a virtual world before.

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Remote training works.

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And seven.

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Take the mental health of your employees seriously.

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A survey of 500 workers by log Vian found that 36% of workers suffer from

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pressure to appear more responsive on email while working remotely.

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And 23% work more hours when working remotely.

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Burnout is real for folks.

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Make sure you were providing a hybrid work policy that doesn't

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encourage overwork and burnout.

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Those are just seven tips of the like 50 or more that I saw in

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various articles all over the web.

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For me.

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I think it can be summed up like this provide structure for your team.

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Trust that they are doing the work.

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Create an environment where everyone feels safe and included.

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And take the mental health of your employees.

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Seriously.

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And don't forget the relational aspects of your company.

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According to research done by whom who people who don't feel their work

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contributes to their company's mission.

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Or 630%.

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More likely to quit their jobs than their peers who do.

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Have you created a purpose driven company where your employees

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appreciate and understand the value they bring to that purpose?

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No matter what their role is within the company.

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Leading teams can be difficult.

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Leading teams in a hybrid environment could be even more daunting.

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I hope these tips and the resources and the research links are of help

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to you in your team going forward.

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Okay.

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Now onto the drink of the week.

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That turn hybrid means the combination of two formerly non combined entities.

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And I found a recipe for a champagne cocktail , on mind, new Orleans.

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Dot com and in article about hybrid cocktails.

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The champagne cocktail is considered a hybrid cocktail because it

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utilizes both wine and spirits to formerly nine combined entities.

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Am I stretching here?

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Probably.

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Here's what you're going to need.

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One sugar cube.

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Do you know, I used to work at this fancy restaurant that when we serve the

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coffee, we had sugar cubes in there, brown sugar cubes and white sugar cubes.

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And I would literally like eat the sugar cubes during my shift.

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It was kind of gross.

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Right.

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I don't know how I never had any cavities when I was growing up.

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Okay.

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One sugar cube.

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Two to three dashes of Angostura bitters one and a half ounces

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of Brandy and then champagne.

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So in a champagne food place, the sugar cube in the bottom.

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And the bitters and the Brandy.

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Fill with Cole Champaign.

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Garnish with a citrus twist or you could also garnish with a near Shino cherry.

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Um, all right, friends.

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That's it for this week.

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Thanks for being here.

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I'll see you next week.

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