As many companies embrace a more ‘hybrid model’ working dynamic, you may be wondering how to utilise this environment to get the most out of your role.
If you (like the majority of people in the industry) have been working from home for the past year, the idea of going back to the office, even only part time, can seem daunting.
Whilst there is no one size fits all approach to hybrid working as it very much depends on company policy and personal circumstance, we’ve highlighted some key things to consider when creating a hybrid work routine that works for you.
Connect with your colleagues
One of the main things that everyone talked about when working from home, was communicating with colleagues. Being in a distributed environment meant it was more important than ever to talk to members of your team. Not only so that everyone understood workload/processes but also to create a sense of ‘togetherness’.
This is perhaps even more true for a hybrid working environment.
It might seem like now that not everyone is on zoom or in the office all the time that you could be missing out on things; work discussed in the office, those ‘water-cooler’ moments. It’s important to take the time out of your day to connect with your colleagues.
When creating your hybrid work environment, talk to your team about what’s working and what isn’t, this will help to create a workspace that suits everyone, and will ultimately help you to be more productive as a unit. On an individual level, people may have advice on hybrid working in the company that you can use to ensure you get the most out of the environment.
Create a setup that works
Moving between an ‘at home’ and ‘in office’ environment initially may seem rather disjointed.
It’s important to make both spaces similar so that no matter where you are working you are in the right headspace to be productive.
Time Management is Key
When working in a hybrid environment it’s essential to time manage your tasks so that you can be as productive as possible when working from home and in the office.
Schedule your time throughout the week/day so that you can utilise the environment to your advantage. For example: working in the office is a great time to have engaged, face to face, meetings with other members of your team, but may not be great for focusing on time consuming tasks that require lots of concentration.
Structuring your time will also allow you to maintain a healthy work-life balance in this new working environment.
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