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Nancy Goebel took over as CEO at the start of 2023. Previously, Nancy was DWG's Managing Director, Member Services, with responsibility for global expansion. Nancy has hosted the Digital Workplace Impact podcast since 2021.


Shimrit is Director of Knowledge for DWG, focused on curating knowledge on the digital workplace for its members and clients such as Adobe, The Coca-Cola Company, and Ubisoft. Shimrit has recently co-authored Nature of Work: The new story of work for a living age with Paul Miller.

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“The word ‘return’ assumes that we're going back to how things were before, whereas actually, it’s what we're doing about reimagining how we work.”

- Shimrit Janes, Director of Knowledge at DWG

If you’d said the word ‘hybrid’ a few years ago, it most likely would have been in connection with a car. Say the word ‘hybrid’ today and it instantly brings to mind the workplace. Following the ‘great working from home experiment’ of 2020/2021, and as the return to the office continues, one big question keeps igniting passionate debates: ‘Where will people work from?’.

In this episode of Digital Workplace Impact, host Nancy Goebel is joined by DWG’s Director of Knowledge, Shimrit Janes; together they discuss the complex and multidimensional issues that can arise from this question.

In theory, it might seem like a simple question, with a simple answer. People who are desk-based will work either from an office or from home, often flexing between the two. The ‘hybrid’ at hand is therefore simply a workforce that exists across both locations – or is it?

Earlier this year, Shimrit produced one of DWG’s latest research reports, entitled Hybrid work reimagined: Advanced practices for connected workplaces. Picking up on this, Nancy and Shimrit discuss some of the ideas the research uncovered and consider what may come next.

Join them to hear more about structures and equity, challenges and practices, along with some great advice to help you make the most of the hybrid workplace.

Show notes and links for this episode

NB: Correction – please note the reference in this podcast to the IMF should actually refer to the World Bank.

Download the report excerpt: Hybrid work reimagined: Advanced practices for connected workplaces
Read the blog: Advanced practices for hybrid working
Report author: Shimrit Janes
Ryan Anderson
The Art of Gathering
Tyson Yunkaporta

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