InStride celebrates five years of growth, innovation and social impactRead More


March 7th, 2022 · 4 min read

Navigating hybrid team management and development

The challenges of managing hybrid teams

  • Communication
    An all-remote or all-present workforce poses less of a communication challenge than a hybrid one. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, teams learned to navigate remote communication and video conferencing software to stay connected. But with some employees in the office and some remaining at home, keeping in touch and making sure everyone on the team is on the same page becomes more complicated because communication is driven by the technology that’s available.
  • Employee work/life balance
    The ideal work environment tends to look different to different employees. Many workers are thrilled to return to an in-person setting, while others prefer to remain remote. For managers, this makes creating an equivalent workday for both remote and in-person employees more complicated.

    Maintaining a high degree of productivity for at-home employees may also become more challenging as the lines between home and office become blurred. They may have to juggle childcare and other home responsibilities, making them less available during traditional work hours. Or they may find themselves working all hours of the day without the set 8-5 schedule of an on-site job. Both of these paths can lead to burnout, which hurts the employee, the team and the business overall.
  • A widening skills gap
    Even before hybrid work became the norm, skills gaps were top-of-mind for both workers and employers. In a study from Degreed, 46 percent of employees surveyed expressed anxiety that their skills would become obsolete by the year 2024. Hybrid and remote work has only heightened these concerns, as the need for improved technological competencies became newly pertinent to day-to-day life across many industries.

    Not only are employees required to update their skills to meet the demands of a hybrid work environment, but the training and upskilling programs that would assist them in doing so are advancing as well. This further requires L&D leaders to rethink and modernize their existing L&D strategies in a way that serves a digital workforce. 

How to adapt your talent management and development strategy for a hybrid work setting


Don’t overlook the importance of regular check-ins

Expand 1:1 discussions to include larger career development goals

Provide hybrid teams with flexible upskilling opportunities

Strategize creative ways to celebrate employee achievements

Building a hybrid L&D strategy

You can address talent development challenges