Are leaders ready for the hybrid work model?
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of Singapore survey show that the majority of employers are keen to continue flexible work arrangements even after the pandemic ends, given the benefits that these initiatives bring to both employers and employees.
Leading by example, the government will enact compulsory guidelines that will require employers to fairly and properly consider flexible work arrangement requests. This will also include having a clear policy on how to request flexible work arrangements and managing employees' expectations on its responsible use, timely communication of outcomes on flexible work arrangement requests as well as fair and objective evaluation of employees by 2024 via the Tripartite Advisory on Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA).
It's one thing to implement policies and processes to enable the hybrid model. But what are companies doing to shift their leadership search and succession planning to develop a more hybrid-savvy leadership?
In an article featuring Alena Salakhova, Regional Director of SThree Singapore, ‘What are we doing to develop leaders for the hybrid model?’, she helped to address the following points.
1. Prioritising skills and competencies amongst leaders
Alena shared some of the key skills and competencies that leaders should hone:
“The key for me would not be the change or shift, but in-depth development of key competencies of leadership teams which are already a priority from companies. First of all, being agile and acting agile to be able to deal with a fast-changing working environment is important. There will always be constant changes but leaders need to be focussed and be constantly motivated by that. Your capacity to work should not be limited by the changes of the working environment. Curiosity is also essential – this is harder to show when working from home, and leaders need to innovate to stay curious, to question norms, to challenge and grow.”
2. Mind-set shift is key
Change begins from within – Alena highlighted key areas that leaders should re-evaluate in their outlook and leadership strategy:
“There is still an old school mentality among leaders at the top, we need a mindset shift and that requires time. Pace of communication flows are changing – people are getting increasingly overwhelmed, especially with information coming at you from different platforms and channels. Leaders need to lead from the front, cope, and guide your team.
In the past it’s easy to detect why deliverables were not achieved on time, but this is getting increasingly difficult for leaders as well – leaders need to be attentive to their teams, as not everyone can cope easily and as quickly. Our customers on leadership levels also shared that their ability to be vocal, sincere and genuine will always remain essential.”
Notes for editors
To read the interview feature by People Matters:.
People Matters feature
To learn more about changes to the workforce, hybrid working models, and strategies to prepare for the future of work, do review our key insights here:Key insights
SThree is the global STEM-specialist recruitment agency. We connect dynamic organisations with communities of sought-after specialists in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Our global house of specialist recruitment brands brings expertise in specific sought-after skills. We know how to achieve the goals of STEM professionals seeking both permanent and contract work and understand the organisations who need them.
We will be happy to address any inquiries regarding our press work by e-mail.
Contact us today
Read more insights
Will salary transparency be a norm in Singapore?
Find out if salary transparency be a norm in Singapore today
Break the bias: how we can empower more women in STEM
Women in Tech founder discusses how bias against women in STEM fields can be countered by increasing levels of female participation.
Finding reliable talent for a utility-scale solar farm construction project
How ENGIE, a global leader in sustainable energy solutions, began construction on a 200-megawatt utility-scale solar farm in Anson, Texas
Being a climate conscious business
How climate change is affecting our business and the STEM markets we operate in with independent sustainability consultancy Avieco.
Finding female leaders for a MedTech client
How people with different backgrounds, expertise and viewpoints can help teams make more effective decisions.
Helping end the cycle of talent turnover
Supporting a major financial services client with their recruitment process to realise efficiencies and improve retention.
IR35: How to tell if your umbrella company is compliant
Commercial Director Charlie Cox explains how to avoid non-compliant Umbrella Companies – and how to spot a good one.
Freelancing during the Covid-19 pandemic
A look at the challenges faced during the pandemic, with tips on how you can enjoy the advantages of self-employment.
Geographical borders – a real barrier to STEM, or a mindset problem?
As businesses re-address hiring plans, how can adopting a new mindset unlock a world of opportunity?
Trust evolution: leaders need to re-think how they engage with their teams
Organisations need to pioneer a revolution in people management if they want to supercharge their future performance, says Tom Way.