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Why Proximity Bias Keeps Leaders From Excelling in the Era of Hybrid and Remote Work

Why Proximity Bias Keeps Leaders From Excelling in the Era of Hybrid and Remote Work



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Proximity Bias In Remote/Flexible Workers

A January 2022 Slack survey of more than 10,000 knowledge workers and their leaders shows that the top concern for executives about hybrid and remote work is “proximity bias.” Namely, 41% feel worried about the negative impact on work culture from the prospect of inequality between office-centric...

Failure Of Leaders To Adapt To A Flexible Future Of Work: Survey Findings

Surveys show that two-thirds of large employers intend to have a mainly hybrid schedule after the pandemic ends for non-front line employees, with some fully remote and some office-centric. Employee surveys show that two-thirds to three-quarters of all workers who can work at least some time remo...

The Fickle Nature Of Remote Workers

There’s an important retention issue involved in providing employees with their desired level of flexibility, especially in the context of the Great Resignation. The survey indicates that of those knowledge workers not satisfied with the flexibility at their workplace, 72% are li...

Black Swans And Grey Rhinos

Why haven’t leaders addressed the obvious problem of proximity bias?

Any reasonable external observer could predict the issues arising from differences in time spent in the office. Unfortunately, leaders often fail to see the clear threat in front of their noses.

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Mental Blindspots: Cognitive Bias

Cognitive biases or mental blindspots are dangerous judgment errors that result in poor strategic and financial decisions. They render leaders unable to resist following their gut instead of relying on best practices. One of these biases is called functional fixedness. When we have a certain perc...

Imposing The Old Way

Trying to transpose existing ways of collaboration in “office culture” to remote work is a prime example of functional fixedness. That’s why leaders fail to address strategically the problems arising with the shift to a hybrid-centric culture of work. They thought their pre-existing ways of manag...

Not Invented Here

Another cognitive bias, related to functional fixedness, is called the not-invented-here syndrome. It’s a leader’s antipathy towards adopting practices not invented within their organization, no matter how useful. No wonder that...

Many organizations may need some employees to come in full-time.  Others may need to come in on a hybrid schedule even if they worked full-time remotely during the pandemic. 

Addressing these potential cultural divides is vital to prevent a sense of “haves” and “have-nots” from developing, ...

Benefits Of 'Excellence From Anywhere'

The “Excellence From Anywhere” strategy addresses concerns about divides by focusing on deliverables, regardless of where you work. Doing so also involves adopting best prac...

Facetime With Boss

Addressing the problem of 'Facetime with the Boss' necessitates shifting from the traditional, high-stakes, large-scale quarterly or even annual performance evaluations to much more frequent weekly or biweekly, low-stakes, 

The transition to a hybrid and remote work culture in the post-pandemic recovery leads to the threat of resentment over flexibility and worries over career standing due to facetime with the boss. 

This reframes the conversation to help everyone focus on pulling together to achieve shared b...



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