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The Long-Distance Worklife looks at the way we work in hybrid and remote teams. Each week, we bring you provocative discussions about what it takes to work remotely, master technology, develop your leadership skills, and just plain survive the way we’re expected to work today. We’ll bring you new and exciting voices in the world of hybrid and remote work. In addition to conversations with diverse and unique voices, Wayne and Marisa will take your questions, making us the most relevant source for navigating the Long-Distance Worklife.

Long-Distance Worklife - A Hybrid & Remote Work Podcast The Kevin Eikenberry Group

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    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

The Long-Distance Worklife looks at the way we work in hybrid and remote teams. Each week, we bring you provocative discussions about what it takes to work remotely, master technology, develop your leadership skills, and just plain survive the way we’re expected to work today. We’ll bring you new and exciting voices in the world of hybrid and remote work. In addition to conversations with diverse and unique voices, Wayne and Marisa will take your questions, making us the most relevant source for navigating the Long-Distance Worklife.

    Navigating Hybrid Havoc with John Forsythe

    Navigating Hybrid Havoc with John Forsythe

    Wayne Turmel sits down with John Forsythe of Deloitte Consulting's Human Capital Group. They dive into Deloitte's Human Capital Trend Report 2024, exploring the evolving landscape of hybrid work and what it means for senior leaders. John shares his insights on the push and pull of hybrid arrangements, the importance of flexibility, and how AI is shaping the future of work. Whether you're a team leader or an executive, this episode is packed with practical advice on how to navigate the challenges and opportunities of remote and hybrid work.

    Key Takeaways
    1. Build Trust in Remote Work: Focus on measurable outcomes to build trust in remote productivity.
    2. Promote Micro-Cultures: Encourage local team leaders to set their own work cadences.
    3. Enhance Worker Agency: Involve team members in decision-making to foster ownership.
    4. Leverage AI for Efficiency: Automate mundane tasks, focusing human efforts on creativity and problem-solving.
    5. Align Hybrid Work with Talent Lifecycle: Be intentional about in-person interactions for key lifecycle moments.
    6. Pilot Before Policy: Test and iterate hybrid strategies before rolling out policies.
    7. Invest in Manager Development: Provide training and resources for managers to lead in hybrid environments.
    8. Explore Emerging Technologies: Experiment with AR, VR, and new collaborative technologies.
    9. Prioritize Intentional Leadership: Create a positive culture focused on helping employees thrive.

    Timestamps
    00:00 Introduction
    01:14 Hybrid Work Concerns
    02:26 Together When It Matters
    05:09 Flexibility as a Competitive Advantage
    07:16 Autonomy and Accountability
    09:09 Worker Agency
    11:14 AI and Hybrid Work
    14:00 Talent Lifecycle
    16:16 Think Like a Researcher
    18:10 Technology and Collaboration
    19:47 Conclusion
    Featured Guest Name: John Forsythe
    Bio: John is a managing director in Deloitte Consulting's Federal Organizational Transformation service line. With over 25 years of business management experience, including 17 years in federal government consulting, John specializes in driving broad organizational change. His expertise spans organizational consolidation, culture change, strategic change, communications, leadership alignment, and executive coaching. John has also advised clients across the federal sector, focusing on the defense sector, including USTRANSCOM, the Navy, and the Wounded Warrior Recovery Care Program.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-forsythe-6587773/
    https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/focus/human-capital-trends.html
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    Additional Resources
    Learn more about John Forsythe 2024 Global Human Capital Trends Report Learn more about Wayne Turmel Email Wayne Turmel Connect with Wayne Turmel on LinkedIn Learn more about Marisa Eikenberry Email Marisa Eikenberry Connect with Marisa Eikenberry on LinkedIn Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Leader Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Teammate Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Team The Kevin Eikenberry Group Subscribe to Long-Distance Worklife wherever you listen to podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars and leave a review!
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    • 22 min
    Navigating Return-to-Office Strategies in the U.S. and Europe

    Navigating Return-to-Office Strategies in the U.S. and Europe

    Marisa Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel explore the intriguing differences in return-to-office strategies between the U.S. and Europe. Dive into a detailed discussion on why European workers are heading back to their offices at a higher rate compared to their American counterparts. Wayne shares insights from his extensive research and personal anecdotes, shedding light on cultural, geographical, and infrastructural factors that influence these varying approaches. Whether you're a remote worker, a manager in a hybrid environment, or just curious about the future of work, this episode offers valuable perspectives on adapting to post-pandemic work life on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Key Takeaways
    1. Embrace Flexibility: Companies should consider the diverse needs and contexts of their global workforce when designing work policies.
    2. Understand Cultural Differences: Recognizing and respecting cultural differences in work habits can enhance productivity and worker satisfaction.
    3. Plan for Long-Term Strategies: Rather than reactive measures, thoughtful, strategic planning for hybrid and remote work can lead to more sustainable business practices.
    Timestamps
    00:00 Introduction
    01:34 Statistical Differences
    03:09 Culture and Structural Reasons
    06:18 Work-Life Balance and Infrastructure
    14:15 Future Trends in Work
    17:10 Conclusion

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    Additional Resources
    Long-Distance Leadership Series Learn more about Wayne Turmel Email Wayne Turmel Connect with Wayne Turmel on LinkedIn Learn more about Marisa Eikenberry Email Marisa Eikenberry Connect with Marisa Eikenberry on LinkedIn Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Leader Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Teammate Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Team The Kevin Eikenberry Group Subscribe to Long-Distance Worklife wherever you listen to podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars and leave a review!
    Connect with us:
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    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2P22kW5iaX8zU3B0-HVCUA
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    • 19 min
    Project Management Unplugged: Kory Kogon on Leading Without Limits

    Project Management Unplugged: Kory Kogon on Leading Without Limits

    Wayne Turmel sits down with Kory Kogon, co-author of "Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager" and VP of Content Development at Franklin Covey. They delve into the vital skills and strategies needed for effective project management, particularly in remote and hybrid work environments. Whether you're organizing dinner or a high-profile event, Kory discusses the universal principles of project management and the critical role of informal authority and people skills in achieving project success.
    Key Takeaways
    1. Recognize the Scope of Project Management: Understand that project management skills apply to both small daily tasks and large-scale operations, and can enhance productivity in both personal and professional settings.
    2. Embrace Informal Authority: Develop skills to manage teams effectively without formal authority. This includes building trust, demonstrating respect, and ensuring clear communication.
    3. Utilize Simple Tools: Start with basic tools like Excel for project management to maintain visibility and coordination. Don’t be intimidated by complex software; focus on tools that help clarify and track project progress.
    4. Focus on People Management: Acknowledge that the success of a project largely depends on the people involved. Practice leadership skills such as setting clear expectations, listening actively, and extending trust to empower your team.
    5. Adapt to Remote and Hybrid Environments: Leverage technology to create a visual dashboard for your projects, ensuring that every team member understands their roles and responsibilities, regardless of their physical location.
    Timestamps
    00:00 Introduction
    01:37 The Evolution of Project Roles
    04:37 Core Project Management Skills
    07:06 Leadership Without Authority
    11:06 Adapting to Remote Environments
    14:55 Practical Tools for Beginners
    17:33 Advice for New Project Leaders
    20:20 Conclusion
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    Additional Resources
    Learn more about Wayne Turmel Email Wayne Turmel Connect with Wayne Turmel on LinkedIn Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Leader Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Teammate Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Team The Kevin Eikenberry Group Subscribe to Long-Distance Worklife wherever you listen to podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars and leave a review!
    Connect with us:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/longdistanceworklife/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2P22kW5iaX8zU3B0-HVCUA
    Website: https://longdistanceworklife.com/ 
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@longdistanceworklife 
     
    Join us for a powerful, 4-part video series titled, Demystifying Remote Leadership. You will learn how to create solid working relationships in a virtual team with more confidence and less stress! Sign up: https://longdistanceworklife.com/video
     
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    • 22 min
    Press Start on SoWork: How Gamers are Influencing the Future of Remote Work

    Press Start on SoWork: How Gamers are Influencing the Future of Remote Work

    Marisa dives into the virtual office platform SoWork, designed for immersive remote work experiences. With a mix of humor and insightful observations, Wayne and Marisa discuss the generational divides in adopting such technology and explore its unique features, from customizable avatars to proximity chats that mimic walking by someone's desk. Tune in to hear Marisa’s firsthand experiences, including decorating virtual offices for birthdays and the practical uses of these virtual spaces in remote work settings.
    Key Takeaways
    1. Experiment with Virtual Spaces: Consider how platforms like SoWork can enhance team interaction and cultural connection in your remote or hybrid teams.
    2. Embrace Customization: Use customization features to make virtual offices more personal and engaging for team members.
    3. Explore Hybrid Work Tools: For those managing hybrid teams, explore tools that bridge the gap between physical and virtual presence to maintain team cohesion.
    4. Celebrate Virtually: Look for creative ways to celebrate team milestones and personal events to foster a sense of community and belonging, even remotely.
    Timestamps
    00:00 Introduction
    02:40 Exploring SoWork
    06:05 Customization and Interaction
    09:29 Hybrid Work Integration
    16:07 Cultural Touches and Virtual Celebrations
    18:36 Conclusion

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    Additional Resources
    SoWork Remo Other Virtual Office Platforms GodSquad Church - World's First Church for Gamers Long-Distance Leadership Series Learn more about Wayne Turmel Email Wayne Turmel Connect with Wayne Turmel on LinkedIn Learn more about Marisa Eikenberry Email Marisa Eikenberry Connect with Marisa Eikenberry on LinkedIn Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Leader Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Teammate Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Team The Kevin Eikenberry Group Your Hosts Wayne Turmel: Master Trainer and Coach for The Kevin Eikenberry Group, co-author of The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership and The Long-Distance Teammate: Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere, and trainer of remote teams for over twenty years. Read More...



     Marisa Eikenberry: Web developer, podcast editor, and technology support specialist for The Kevin Eikenberry Group. Has worked on a hybrid team for over 9 years. Read more...
     
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    • 20 min
    Weasel-Proofing Your Work: Navigating Digital Transformation in a Remote World with Jay Goldman

    Weasel-Proofing Your Work: Navigating Digital Transformation in a Remote World with Jay Goldman

    Wayne Turmel dives into the intricacies of digital transformation in remote and hybrid work environments. Joined by Jay Goldman from Sensei Labs, co-author of "The Decoded Company," they explore how companies can embrace change, optimize operational excellence, and tackle the challenges of digital adoption. Listen in for an enlightening conversation about leveraging technology, managing change, and enhancing team collaboration in a virtual workspace.

    Key Takeaways
    1. Embrace a mindset of constant transformation: Understand that digital transformation is not a one-time project but an ongoing process.
    2. Develop digital proprioception: Familiarize yourself with new tools and data to navigate digital environments more effectively.
    3. Start small with transformation initiatives: Focus on achievable goals within your team before tackling larger-scale transformations.
    Timestamps
    00:00 Introduction
    01:06 Understanding Digital Transformation
    03:02 Data, Process, and Human Impact
    04:57 Navigating Digital Transformation
    13:45 Proprioception in Digital Contexts
    19:31 Practical Approaches to Digital Transformation
    22:27 Conclusion
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    Additional Resources
    Learn more about Wayne Turmel Email Wayne Turmel Connect with Wayne Turmel on LinkedIn Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Leader Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Teammate Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Team The Kevin Eikenberry Group Subscribe to Long-Distance Worklife wherever you listen to podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars and leave a review!
    Connect with us:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/longdistanceworklife/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2P22kW5iaX8zU3B0-HVCUA
    Website: https://longdistanceworklife.com/ 
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@longdistanceworklife 
      Join us for a powerful, 4-part video series titled, Demystifying Remote Leadership. You will learn how to create solid working relationships in a virtual team with more confidence and less stress! Sign up: https://longdistanceworklife.com/video
      Want us to answer one of your questions? Contact Us!
     

    • 23 min
    Digital Decorum: Navigating the Do’s and Don’ts of Online Meetings

    Digital Decorum: Navigating the Do’s and Don’ts of Online Meetings

    Join us on the Long-Distance Worklife Podcast as we dive into the quirky and often unspoken rules of virtual meeting behaviors. This episode isn't about mute buttons or camera angles; it's about the nitty-gritty of what happens on camera - from fashion choices like donning hats to the presence of pets and snack etiquette. We explore whether sipping coffee or munching during a meeting is a faux pas or just fine. With a blend of humor and practical advice, we dissect these everyday scenarios to help you navigate the dos and don’ts of digital professionalism. Tune in for a lively discussion that promises to add a new perspective to your next online meeting!

    Key Takeaways
    1. Consider Your Headwear: Before joining a virtual meeting, think about the message your choice of hat or headwear sends. Is it aligned with the meeting's tone and formality?
    2. Pet Policy: Decide if having your pet in view during the meeting is appropriate. Consider the nature of the meeting and if your furry friend might be a distraction or a delightful icebreaker.
    3. Mindful Eating: If you need to eat during a meeting, assess the context. For formal or short meetings, it’s best to wait. In longer or casual settings, keep it unobtrusive and tidy.
    4. Discreet Drinking: Having a beverage? Stick to non-alcoholic options and keep it professional. A simple mug or a water bottle is usually fine, but avoid anything that might cause distraction.
    5. Background Check: Take a moment to evaluate your surroundings. Ensure your background is tidy and professional, reflecting the image you want to project in the meeting.
    6. Tech Check: Before the meeting starts, test your tech! Ensure your internet is stable and familiarize yourself with the meeting platform’s features to avoid any technical hiccups.
    7. Engage Actively: Plan to participate actively in the meeting. Think about points you want to raise or questions you might ask to show your engagement and interest.
    Timestamps
    00:00 Introduction
    01:30 Hat Etiquette
    04:20 Pets in the Picture
    07:15 Eating on Camera
    10:05 Drinking Beverages
    13:50 Background and Environment
    17:40 Technical Preparedness
    19:45 Generational Differences
    21:30 Meeting Participation
    24:50 Conclusion

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    Additional Resources
    Long-Distance Leadership Series YouGov Study Learn more about Wayne Turmel Email Wayne Turmel Connect with Wayne Turmel on LinkedIn Learn more about Marisa Eikenberry Email Marisa Eikenberry Connect with Marisa Eikenberry on LinkedIn Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Leader Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Teammate Purchase a copy of The Long-Distance Team The Kevin Eikenberry Group Your Hosts Wayne Turmel: Master Trainer and Coach for The Kevin Eikenberry Group, co-author of The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership and The Long-Distance Teammate: Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere, and trainer of remote teams for over twenty years. Read More...



     Marisa Eikenberry: Web developer, podcast editor, and technology support specialist for The Kevin Eikenberry Group. Has worked on a hybrid team for over 9 years. Read more...
     
    Subscribe to Long-Distance Worklife wherever you listen to podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars and leave a review!
    Connect with us:
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    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2P22kW5iaX8zU3B0-HVCUA
    Website: https://longdistanceworklife.com/ 
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Lifestyle Creep ,

New way of working!

Glad I found this podcast! Work has changed for many since the pandemic. The hosts cover a lot of relevant topics and offer their fresh take on how work is changing and how employees can manage their careers during these dynamic times. Recommend you follow if you have questions on managing your career and how to stay ahead!

Maya Acosta- Health Lifestyle ,

Tools for Hybrid Workspaces

Thank you Wayne and Marisa for sharing tips on working remotely. I think this is very useful for many people who continue to be in hybrid working spaces. This also helps with overall teamwork.

emjay217 ,

Informational and Timely for Remote Workers and Managers

This podcast is so timely as many companies are now remote-first. But the best part of this show is the conversations between the hosts and the guests. I like that it feels like a casual conversation with essential takeaways. My favorite episodes are when Marisa joins Wayne on the mic to chat about topics facing remote workers and work life.

I highly recommend Long-Distance Worklife to people that work hybrid and remote jobs or manage remote workers.

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