As the digital workplace continues to become the norm... leaders must redesign structures, norms and customs to develop more inclusive hybrid work policies that better serve all workers.

JFF’s Cat Ward in “Don’t Let Hybrid Work Stymie Internal Mobility and Employee Advancement”

Published mar. 18, 2022

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Remote and hybrid work have become the norm for millions of workers, but the advantages of the digital-first workplace are not being felt equally.

To ensure equitable access to the many benefits of remote work, Impact Employers are rethinking traditional systems and developing inclusive talent practices designed to meet the nuanced needs of all employees.

In an article she wrote for Talent Management, JFFLabs Managing Director Cat Ward discusses the unique challenges of remote work, including barriers to crucial mentoring and networking opportunities and notable declines in employees’ mental health. She also highlights the work of companies like Microsoft and Unilever, whose flexible, people-centered practices put workers first and focus on supporting employee well-being and fostering a sense of belonging in the workplace.

Hybrid and remote work hold the potential to dramatically alter the traditional workplace for the better. But left to its own devices, remote work also holds the power to widen opportunity gaps along lines of race, gender and socioeconomic status. Redesigning workplace culture, systems and supports around the evolving needs of a diverse and increasingly digital set of employees can help guarantee the future of work is a brighter one for all workers.

Cat Ward, managing director, JFFLabs