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Microsoft's chief people officer gives leadership insights for the hybrid era

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft's chief people officer Kathleen Hogan shared tips on what constitutes effective leadership in the era of hybrid work.
  • Many of the sentiments expressed remain constant with what good traditional, in-person leadership looks like.
  • In remote capacities, it's important for leaders to put a little more effort into communication and listening to concerns that could be lost via the locational gap.

A lot's changed about the world since 2020 arrived and threw virtually everybody for a pandemic-sized loop. For workplaces, the landscape has changed in such a way that remote work has become a norm rather than an exception. And this has had ramifications for leaders and managers who have had to retrain themselves on how to effectively guide others from outside the confines of a shared office.

Over at Fast Company, Microsoft's chief people officer Kathleen Hogan provided insights on how the tech giant's various leaders and teams have smoothly navigated the waters of hybrid work. She placed an emphasis on some of the things leaders have always had to do, such as model good standards. But she also highlighted some of the details managers must be more cognizant of than ever in a remote world, like keeping a focus on wellbeing and self-care.

Many people are in a situation where their bed may not be more than a few feet from their makeshift home office, which blurs the lines between where work stops and personal health starts. As a result, managers can't afford to let employees lose sight of where the lines are.

Hogan's tips also include that trust is more important than ever and that micromanagement is a recipe for trouble in the hybrid work world. Striking the right balance of established accountability standards and hands-off best practices is essential.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

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  • The department in the org i'm currently working at - now my colleagues, they have given me horror stories of extreme micromanagement. So much so it became incredibly toxic as it was this single department (Quality Compliance) that was micromanaged. Everyone else had free reign. I've seen the evidence myself as it's quite easy to see the meeting history on teams.