The bright side with a vengeance
These innovations in workplace and organizational design hold a lot of promise. Thus, workplace innovation is often associated with less traffic jams, a better work-life balance, and a more conscious use of focus time versus collaboration. Recent AMS research confirms these three promises. Full-time remote work will open even more doors for some of us: sign into Microsoft Teams from your holiday home in Spain and there you are, starting your workday. Pretty awesome, right?
Innovation in organizational design is fundamentally about cutting out excess hierarchy. The result is a flatter organization with employees who are doing more fulfilling and varied jobs and who can address customer needs both faster and better. Here, too, optimism reigns, all the more so when the two innovation movements meet and reinforce each other. After all, hybrid work also implies more autonomy, ownership, and self-management. And both movements require a new leadership style: an empowering and results-based style, or shared leadership. In that case, employees no longer need a leading position to take on a leadership role.
Research confirms that 49% of employees currently experience more autonomy. This is much higher than the 14% of them who were already mostly working from home before the COVID-19 pandemic. This may be caused by the increase in remote work.