A recent study showed that 98% of meetings will include at least one remote participant. Listening to how companies are adapting to the hybrid era I can completely see this being the case. There are many advantages to a hybrid working arrangement and with so many companies opting for this policy it looks like it here to stay. There are a few interesting biases that may occur during these meetings which are useful to recognize
Proximity Bias – This is where we have a preference for those people that are physically close to us. In a hybrid meeting, you may unconsciously favour those that are in person as opposed to those joining by video.
Expedience Bias – We often have a preference for speed in decision making and taking action. In a hybrid meeting that could translate into making decisions based on the views of people that naturally communicate more quickly
Closed communication bias – This can happen when we assume that people that we are closer with will easily know what we mean and also that we think we know what they are going to say. What can happen is that we don’t explain ourselves as clearly as we would with someone we don’t know and also, we don’t listen as intently or ask deeper questions (which we would with people we don’t know as well)
I don’t think these biases are just exclusively found in hybrid meetings, but they may be exaggerated. Given that hybrid meetings are here to stay its probably a good time to look at meeting formats, the way they are run and remind ourselves of the biases that have crept in over time.