3 Important Steps to Succeed in a Hybrid Work Environment 

The working world is in motion. Change is inevitable. Evolve or repeat. These phrases remind business leaders, teams, and individuals that the work environment will never be the same. And it’s going to be hybrid.

According to a global survey conducted by Asana, nearly 50% of knowledge workers prefer to do skilled work at home. Almost half of the respondents also see the office as a social space where interpersonal work happens. These include onboardings, 1:1 meetings, planning, and training and development.

Workers of the world have spoken: they prefer focus time at home and the social aspect of the office. Shifting to hybrid work, of course, won’t be easy, but we’ve seen a glimpse of it in the COVID-19 era.

The hybrid work scheme is also not without flaws. So here are some tips to follow based on the challenges that companies and workers may face during the transition.

Get the Office Location Right

Remote working made employees realize they can do more with their time. More importantly, it allowed them to escape the tiring commutes. In Metro Manila, traffic takes a toll on one’s wellness and productivity. But with hybrid work in effect, employees could hit the refresh button on their wellness regimen.

Based on the global survey, the actual time spent on commutes is two hours. But for workers, they want this to be cut down to one hour. Flexible working in itself can reduce commuter stress. But to take it a higher notch, businesses could choose to set up highly accessible offices. 

Leasing activities have been strong in central business districts, which are among the most accessible workplaces in the metro. In these office locations, many employees will be encouraged to embrace active transportation because transit networks are easy to locate. Large companies may also consider CBDs and nearby areas if they are to offer support in relocating employees. 

Allowing workers to have a say in their on-site schedule will also help them avoid heavy traffic times in the morning or evening.

Know Your Hybrid Work Model Options

In the case of hybrid work preparation, the mantra “location, location, location” remains crucial. But it’s not just about the physical office.

For employees, it’s also about knowing where they should work on specific days of the week. One of the most popular hybrid work models adopted worldwide is the “three-two model,” which means three days in the office and two days at home. 

Leaders and team members may also explore other models, such as the following: 

  • Office-first model: requires employees to be more present in the office 
  • Remote-first model: offices are mostly used for meetings and face-to-face discussions
  • Split-week model: assigns specific days for on-site and remote work 
  • Week-by-week model: employees to work onsite for a week and work remotely in the next

When choosing the right work model, leaders need to assess the activities and goals of employees or teams. From there, decide the best days for them to be in the office or at home. 

Wherever You Work, Learn to Prioritize Focus

Prioritizing focus is the way to unlock high levels of productivity. This reminder goes out to both leaders and team members, so the change could be structural. 

According to the Asana survey, some of the barriers to productivity include unnecessary meetings and the many apps and notifications that make it difficult to focus on meetings or other tasks. 

On an organizational level, the change can start with making tools or apps more connected. Otherwise, they can slow things down and make it hard to track progress. Meanwhile, to avoid meeting overload, each meeting’s purpose, length, and attendees must be considered before setting it up. For meetings with no consequences when not attended, it’s best to cancel them for good. 

Individually, whether at home or in the office, here are some productivity tips to follow:

  • Make your workplaces look as similar as possible. This helps make the transition easier and avoid wasting time adjusting or mentally reorienting yourself. 
  • Maintain boundaries at work and home. Respect your working hours and use them as a guide on your clear start and finish times at work. Lack of clarity can lead to burnout, which is unfortunately believed as the cost of being successful. 
  • Schedule recovery periods. For micro-breaks, consider trying the Pomodoro Technique. On a macro level, you can schedule a day every week that’s off-limits to work or a week or month-long break every year. 

These tips emphasize the need for leaders and employees to be physically, structurally, and mentally prepared for a hybrid environment. The future of work is here. And for you to meet its demands, the time to act is now. 

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