In recent years there have been studies conducted that show employees prefer and want a hybrid work schedule. But even with the increased flexibility of schedule and increased productivity, it easy for employees burn out. Here are 6 practical tips for hybrid employees.
Working a hybrid schedule may come with a higher expectation of responsibility. Responsibility to honestly work the hours you agreed to, getting your tasks and projects done in a timely manner, etc. Now if you’re working from home, there can be non-work related influences to distract you from your work. Be realistic and responsible to yourself. Set a time for when you’ll work and take breaks. Decide which tasks make sense to do at home versus in the office. Suit your schedule to your needs and stick to it.
Have a Dedicated Office Space
When working from home, employees need to have a dedicated space that is conducive to working. Ideally a separate room should be used. But if you don’t have a separate room, you need to have a space that is quiet, free from clutter, and distraction. Having a dedicated place at home that’s only for work, can alleviate stress, prevent frustration, and let you get the workday done quicker and more easily.
Establish asynchronous communication
For teams to communicate efficiently there has to be tools, processes and procedure in place. For non-urgent and general communication, email to instant messaging, make it easy for asynchronous communication channels to stay open. There’s never been an easier time to use the various communication tools available on the market for teams to stay organized.
Focus on outcomes
In any workplace the amount of time spent on work matters, but what matters more is the output based on the input. Management should seek to improve efficiencies and processes that will make your employees lives easier to help them accomplish their tasks faster. With this focus, as long as the work is getting accomplished and done right, it doesn’t matter about the physical location of where the employee is, but the value they continue to bring to the company.
Prioritize team building
Leadership should prioritize team building and personal development no matter the working arrangement of the employee. Consistent development will help individuals learn new skills that will bring value to the company as a whole. Team building will help employees feel engaged and a sense of belonging. Team building activities are even more important for those individuals who may spend more time working remotely compared to those in office. Team building is needed for building relationships and collaboration.
A hybrid working model is built on flexibility. Both the employer and employee need to be flexible. The hybrid worker will need to understand that with accommodations to working location and schedule there may be new processes and procedures introduced to keep people accountable and engaged with the team. When you are flexible, you get more autonomy as you build trust with others.