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AUCK | The Three C’s of Hybrid Work – Culture, Connection and Collaboration

About the event

Hybrid work is here to stay, with approximately half of the New Zealand workforce having settled into a hybrid work pattern. Whilst there is a strong desire among many New Zealand workers for continued flexibility and remote working options, 65% were found to be missing in-person contact with their teams (2021 Work Trend Index). This is a symptom of a pervasive concern amongst managers and HR Professionals that hybrid working – if not done right – could impede culture, connection and collaboration within and across teams.

In this session, our panel of experts will share the latest research and pragmatic insights on how HR Professionals and Leaders can foster culture, connection and collaboration in a hybrid world. Our panelists have diverse backgrounds – from leading academics to an organisational psychologist/senior change manager to an architect – ensuring a well-rounded discussion on the topic.

Areas the session will touch on include:

- Is there an optimal hybrid set up for productivity or is it more of an ‘it depends’ situations

- Key considerations when implementing culture change in a hybrid workforce

- How building relationships across a screen varies from real life

- What hybrid working means for innovation

- Considerations when designing the best workspaces – at home and in the office

This event will be held online via Zoom. A joining link will be sent the day prior to the event.


Dr Jarrod Haar is a Professor of Human Resource Management at AUT and has Māori tribal affiliations of Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Mahuta. His research focuses on job burnout, work-life balance, Māori employees, leadership, and innovation. He is ranked a world-class researcher (PBRF); has won industry and best-paper awards; and won multiple research grants (Marsden, FRST, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga). His current grants include Health Research Council (wellbeing and the precariat), a National Science Challenge (Science for Technological Innovation), and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (Māori and Work). He has over 400 refereed outputs (including 132 journal articles). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi. He is a frequent media commentator especially around HR issues.


Megan has 20 years’ experience as a Registered Organisational Psychologist, bringing in-depth understanding of human behaviour, leadership and organisational change. Beginning her career as a Psychologist in the Navy, she has enjoyed various internal and consulting roles in NZ and the UK. Completing the Prosci® change management qualification in 2018, she now blends this with her organisational psychology background to build change capability with teams and leaders. At a strategic level, her skills in change management and culture change focus on enhancing engagement, adoption of change initiatives and organisational change maturity. She helps leaders gain insight into the key success factors for leading through change, including why “one size doesn’t fit all” when leading teams. At an individual level, her psychology and coaching background help people gain greater change resilience to navigate through uncertainty. Since 2018, Megan has served as a Committee member of the Institute of Organisational Psychology (IOP), a branch of the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS).


Dr. Helena Cooper-Thomas is Professor of Organizational Behavior at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Her research focuses on development and change in employees’ relationships with each other and their employing organisation, in particular onboarding and socialisation of new employees. Helena has authored over 50 peer-reviewed international publications in journals, and has also contributed to a number of scholarly books, either as author, co-author or co-editor. Helena enjoys teaching, and in particular preparing and supervising postgraduate research students. Helena has served AUT in various roles, including as Associate Dean Research (2018-2019), and is on the Royal Society’s Marsden Panel for Economics and Human Behaviour.

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