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Ann Arbor Spark

Positive Links Speaker Series: Succeeding in Remote-Hybrid Work

Wednesday, September 29 2021 at 11:00am - 12:00pm

The Positive Links Speaker Series, presented by Michigan Ross’ Center for Positive Organizations, offers inspiring and practical science-based strategies to build and bolster thriving organizations. Attendees learn from leading positive organizational scholars and connect with our community of academics, students, staff, and leaders. 

About the Talk:
Remote or hybrid work is not new—domestic and global companies have had virtual work arrangements for nearly 30 years. However, the rapid and unprecedented changes brought on by COVID-19 have accelerated these transitions, requiring the wholesale migration of nearly entire companies to remote work in a matter of weeks, leaving managers and employees scrambling to adjust.  

On one hand, companies have seen opportunities that remote work can afford them: nonexistent commute times, lower operational costs, and a larger pool of global job applicants. Many are planning to permanently incorporate remote days into their long-term routines or even give their employees the option to work from home full-time. On the other hand, these circumstances have brought to light many challenges that are inherent with virtual arrangements: employees feel lost, isolated, and out of sync and out of sight.  

People are looking for insights; they want to know how to keep their teams motivated, what digital tools they’ll need, how to keep track of employee productivity, how to maintain connections without face-to-face interactions, and how to combat the draining feelings of tech exhaustion. Based on nearly two decades of experience working with virtual and global teams, Neeley provides evidence-based answers to the most pressing questions about how teams can feel more connected and be well-prepared to deliver optimal results. 

About Neeley:
Tsedal Neeley is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Her work focuses on how leaders can scale their organizations by developing and implementing global and digital strategies. She regularly advises top leaders who are embarking on virtual work and large scale-change that involves global expansion, digital transformation, and becoming more agile. 

Kindle Book Giveaway:
As a gift from Tsedal Neeley, the first 75 people who register and attend this virtual event will receive a complimentary Kindle copy of her book, Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere. 

Jane Dutton, Center for Positive Organizations Co-Founder; Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Business Administration and Psychology 

Series Sponsors:
The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Sanger Leadership CenterTauber Institute for Global OperationsSamuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Lisa and David (MBA ‘87) Drews, and Diane (BA ‘73) and Paul (MBA ‘75) Jones for their support of the 2021-22 Positive Links Speaker Series. 

Series Promotional Partners:
Additionally, we thank Ann Arbor SPARK and the Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division of the Academy of Management for their Positive Links Speaker Series promotional partnerships.