When the working world was turned upside down by COVID-19, many companies moved to a remote work environment. And to everyone’s surprise, it actually went great! In fact, a recent survey revealed that nearly 9 in 10 employees prefer to continue working from home at least part-time. As states and countries continue to open up, leaders are faced with a decision: have people come back to the office or continue working from home. Thus, the hybrid work environment was born, empowering employees to choose where they work best. While a hybrid work setup comes with many benefits, it also presents unique challenges. So, in order to thrive in a hybrid work environment, stick to these three guidelines.
Stick to Routine
When your work environment changes throughout the week, it can feel chaotic and untethered at times. By sticking to the same routine, whether in the office or at home, you provide a steadying anchor for yourself. Wake up at the same, maintain your morning rituals, and log in at the same time when you work at home. Then, over the course of your day, take regular breaks, including a lunch break. And perhaps most importantly, log off at the same time you would if you were in office. This will help draw boundaries between your work and personal life, even if the environment is the same.
Do you create a plan for each working day? If not, now is a great time to start! Planning ahead will help you avoid the awkward “where was I?” every time you start work. Whether you create a detailed hour-by-hour plan, a more general daily outline, or even a goal list for the week, a plan will give you structure. Setting up calls or Zoom meetings is also easier when you know your schedule for the week, and you can plan around possible distractions or excess noise.
When you work in a hybrid environment, it’s up to you to maintain excellent communication. Even in-office meetings and collaboration may look different these days, so it’s important to keep up your professional relationships. Set up regular coffee chats, utilize your company messaging tools, and call to check in on your coworkers. A little investment goes a long way when it comes to communication!
In conclusion, a hybrid work environment can be great for both managers and employees. Set yourself up for success from the start through consistent routines, planning, and effective communication.