Lynda Gratton

Melding Flexibility and Connectivity in the Workplace

‘Melding Flexibility and Connectivity in the Workplace’, MIT Sloan Management Review by Lynda Gratton.

9th August 2021

Leaders want employees that are agile and readily available, and people relish autonomy and flexibility. But many of the core roles in companies require a high level of connectivity and the tacit knowledge that, historically, only full-time employees have been able to bring.

In her new column for the MIT Sloan Management Review, Lynda explores how we can experiment with what she terms the “third way” – the gap that sits between full-time work and contract work.

It is clear that the narrative of work is becoming more nuanced. Managers are being forced to become more intentional about the design of work – where it takes place, when it happens, and who does it. The challenge will be to keep networks strong and connectivity high while folding in the flexibility that so many people crave.