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Leading A Team in the New Office

We understand communication, decision-making, and conflict-resolution can easily go awry when coworkers are in different locations. You’re working hard to understand each person’s natural work styles which helps build appreciation for what each individual needs to be successful. At AMP we appreciate the self-awareness and empathy you show to your team members giving them the ability to embrace their differing work styles to set the stage for top-notch team dynamics regardless of location. In the spirit of support, we wanted to share from these great tips gleaned from our clients and your peers:

BUILD AWARENESS: Use a science-backed, reputable behavioral assessment to collect people data on your team. This helps you become aware of how each team member prefers to communicate, make decisions, and resolve conflict.

GAIN INSIGHT: How are your team members’ natural work styles similar? How are they different? What degree of empathy needs to be in place to meet in the middle and satisfy each person’s needs?

TAKE ACTION: Have a conversation with your team. Invite their feedback. Together, decide how you will communicate, make decisions, resolve conflict, and support each other’s natural work styles.

FOLLOW THROUGH: Action isn’t a checklist. Hold yourself and your team accountable for supporting this way of working so you as a hybrid team can be just as, if not more effective, as a team working in the same physical location.

Trends AMP is Watching:

Trophy Offices

Companies looking to lure their workers away from the creature comforts of home offices are turning to one solution: "trophy offices." These spaces are designed to give employees "no excuses not to show up," says The Wall Street Journal. Picture fancy decked-out lounges, dining areas with fire pits and state-of-the-art ventilation systems. Those opting for these pricy office upgrades believe pulling out all the stops is necessary to not only get employees back, but to "help recruit and retain talent in a tight labor market."79% of people “feel comfortable” working in-person post-COVID.

The big question, of course, is “why?” Why are employees so eager to pack up and leave? One possibility is that workers—such as those at restaurants or in retail—feel unsafe physically in their current jobs due to ongoing health concerns. When asked whether they feel comfortable working on-site or in an office from a health and safety perspective, nearly 80% of employees said yes. What’s more, this average was relatively consistent across industries—for retail, sentiment was even higher than 80%.

Stories AMP is Tracking:

Experts analyze employment trends

Therapists offers tip to returning to office

Back-to-work law for retired state workers could be eased

AMP Fun Fact of The Week:

McDonald’s once made bubblegum-flavored broccoli

This interesting fact will have your taste buds crawling. Unsurprisingly, the attempt to get kids to eat healthier didn’t go over well with the child testers, who were “confused by the taste.”

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