HR for Hybrid Working: How to Adapt People Practices to Support Employees and the Organization


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Kogan Page
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6.14 X 9.21 X 0.85 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

Gary Cookson is the Founder and Director of EPIC, a consultancy where he helps clients to improve workplace performance. Based in Cheshire, UK, he has more than 20 years' experience in both strategic and operational HR, Learning and Development (L&D) and Organization Development (OD) roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), a Fellow of the LPI (Learning and Performance Institute) and a qualified coach.


"'HR for Hybrid Working' brings an accessible, intelligent and well structured overview to one of the most pressing challenges facing organizations. Cookson's thoughtful work is deeply referenced, full of interesting case studies and, most importantly, hugely practical. If you are looking for resources to help you or your team navigate the world of hybrid working, then this book should be at the top of your list."-- "David D'Souza, Membership Director, CIPD"
"The world and the workplace have shifted forever. Companies have been trying to adapt without having a solid resource that could give them direction and a roadmap to thrive in this new environment. Gary Cookson has created the resource that had been missing. Using this book will help you manoeuvre into this new reality so your employees can be hybrid or remote and perform. He's taken a tangible and applicable "how-to" approach that can fit any organization to engage, anchor and encourage their people."-- "Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP, Chief People Officer, LaRosa's, Inc, and Author of HR on Purpose !! and HR Rising !!"
"Gary Cookson's book provides a much needed and coherent gameplan for the future of work. Fusing research, everyday experiences and practical solutions it will help you to navigate the uncertainty and redesign your people practices to drive high performance."-- "Jeremy Snape, Former England Cricketer and Founder Sporting Edge Digital Learning"
"Someone needed to cut through the noise of what Hybrid Working means to people (HR) professionals and those with a vested interest in teams and how they work. This book is like Gary Cookson has listened to every conversation, online video call and posted thread. A vivid set of examples through digestible, practical insight and recommendations."-- "Perry Timms, Founder and Chief Energy Officer, PTHR, Author of Transformational HR and The Energised Workplace"

The perfect time for the perfect book! HR for Hybrid Working is an incredibly thoughtful, practical, and insightful read that takes you through a reflective and forward-looking journey into redesigning organizations and preparing for a newer world of hybrid working. It will encourage you to be more ambitious in your thinking about the possibilities on how and where work gets done, enabling people and businesses to perform at their best whilst enhancing employee experience.
But this is not a book of concepts and theories, it really lifts the lid on all aspects of delivering people services, helping you rethink how the people profession can make a significant contribution to the future of work regardless of your organization's size or sector. It's cleverly written with many different readers in mind, giving options for shorter and longer reads and is bursting with real case studies, sketch notes and action plans.
If you are looking to embrace the future opportunities of hybrid working and need a supportive and encouraging hand to do this, this book is for you! Highly recommended. A fantastic read!

"-- "Daphne Doody, Head of CIPD Northern England"
"As the demand for Hybrid working increases post-pandemic, many organizations are seeking guidance on how to implement this model. I would recommend Gary Cookson's book 'HR for Hybrid Working as the definitive guide on how you can successfully do so!"-- "Olive Strachan MBE, Global businesswoman, entrepreneur and founder of Olive Strachan Resources, Author of - The Power of You"
"The world of work is changing, fast. In this essential book, Gary Cookson provides a clear assessment of where people professionals need to change, and provides solid, practical advice on what they need to do. It's a handbook for the future."-- "Donald H Taylor, Chair, Learning Technologies Conference"
"We are facing a once in a generation opportunity to reshape the world of work to become more inclusive, more sustainable and more human. The people profession is in a unique position to influence this change, having stepped up during the pandemic in many organizations. Gary Cookson's book provides a timely and comprehensive support to the profession, drawing on his years of experience and creative thinking about the nature of work. HR for Hybrid Working is the ideal guide for people professionals in navigating the possibilities of work in the era of Covid-19. Full of practical examples and case studies, it is required reading for HR professionals wanting to change work for the better."-- "Katie Jacobs, Senior Stakeholder Lead, CIPD"
"In our changing world, Gary Cookson has managed to encapsulate the thinking on hybrid working through story telling his own experiences, expressing the views of others and using relevant references. This fascinating read is filled with case studies and sketch notes, which not only helps to draw attention to what is happening in businesses but furthermore, adds a new dimension to summarizing the reader's learning. This must-read book is bursting with advice and considerations around hybrid working, the new skills needed, why company policies need to change and why technology has to be an integral part of hybrid working."-- "Alan Price, CEO, BrightHR"
"The demand for hybrid working from the workforce has rocketed and organizations are jumping onto the bandwagon to attract and retain talent in this new world of work. It is in this context that Gary Cookson's book is both timely and indispensable. Written from the perspective of a HR practitioner for HR practitioners and people managers, it helps dispel the myths and more importantly tackle some of the challenges with hybrid working that lead to lost time and resources if implemented badly. Whether you need to dip into one of the shorter reads or take a deeper dive, this book is for you with practical action plans to enable you to help your people do their best work whilst making sure they feel included, valued and their wellbeing is cared for by their organization."-- "Shakil Butt (FCIPD, FCCA) HR & Leadership Consultant, Founder of HR Hero for Hire"