New Normal: COVID-19 and the Leadership Crisis with Jean-Nicolas Reyt

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Hosted by Dave Kaufman, featuring Professor Jean-Nicolas Reyt from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University


Launching the second season of Delve‘s The “New Normal” podcast series, Professor Jean-Nicolas Reyt from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University joins journalist Dave Kaufman to discuss why businesses should embrace a hybrid work method, why the future of workspaces needs to change from the status quo, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced management to change in order to adapt to a new reality—plus the one thing companies can do for remote workers to make sure they’ve got their backs.

“So many CEOs were against remote work,” says Reyt in conversation with Kaufman. “A year into the pandemic they were saying, ‘Well, we’re going to do hybrid work. We’re going to work several days a week from home, several days a week from the office, or whatever mix you find.’ That creates new challenges as well, because now you have to figure out how you’re going to manage people in this new work environment.”

“There have been a lot of interesting challenges and a lot of evolution in the way CEOs have been thinking about it,” Reyt continues. “But most importantly, it’s been a radical shift in the way we consider the relationship between the organization and the employee, and the relationship between the employee and their work.”

For more insights, listen to the full interview with Jean-Nicolas Reyt. The “New Normal” is a collaboration between journalist Dave Kaufman and Delve. Each episode looks in-depth at a different aspect of the new normal that we are all navigating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can subscribe to the Delve podcast on all major podcast platforms.

Dave Kaufman is a Montreal-based journalist and commentator. He has worked for CJAD 800 and TSN 690 Radio in Montreal, CTV News Channel, CTV Montreal, and TalkRadio and SkyNews in the United Kingdom. He has written for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, and Toronto Sun and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @TheKaufmanShow.

Delve’s The “New Normal” podcast series is produced by Delve and Dave Kaufman, with audio engineering by David Rawalia. Original music by Saku Mantere.

Delve is the official thought leadership platform of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management. Follow Delve on LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Dave Kaufman
Montreal-based journalist and commentator
Jean-Nicolas Reyt
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour