Productive or mentally exhausting? A balanced approach to hybrid working

Written by Dave Waller Wednesday 01 May 2024
Some major organisations are mandating that employees return to the office, but Anita Ibrahim-Goddard believes hybrid working is here to stay
Anita Ibrahim-Goddard

When Covid-19 struck back in early 2020, it fundamentally changed the nature of work. Amid a global crisis, old notions of “that’s just how we do things” didn’t hold up to scrutiny. 

But while the adoption of remote and hybrid working suddenly became the norm during the pandemic, the likes of Google, Disney and Amazon seem to be shifting back to old ways, insisting that employees return to set hours on premises.


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For Anita Ibrahim-Goddard, they’re making a mistake. That horse has already bolted. 

“Mandating employees to return to the office is a waste of time,” says Anita, who is Head of Partnerships and Social Mobility at global tech ed provider QA, a company that fully embraced hybrid work when Covid struck. 

“We’re in a different era now.”

Read more: why employees who feel trusted will craft their own hybrid approach


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