Hybrid Remote Work – Strategies for Productivity and Stress Reduction

Hybrid remote work

Hybrid remote work has become more common in recent years. So much so, that 52% of remote-capable employees work hybrid schedules today.

Hybrid work comes with a variety of benefits. It allows for greater flexibility and a better work-life balance. With the right strategies in place, it can even improve productivity and workflow. But, it’s not always easy to master that balance, especially if you’re new to the hybrid model.

Thankfully, by making a few changes to your space and your routine, you can be more productive during the workday while reducing stress in both your career and personal life.

Hybrid Remote Work – Creating the Ideal Workspace

One of the easiest and most effective ways to not only boost your work productivity but strike a better work-life balance is to have a dedicated office space when you’re at home. When you go into the office, you undoubtedly have your own space specifically meant to help you accomplish your tasks.

If you’re trying to get the same amount of work done at home while sitting on the living room sofa with the TV on, it’s probably not going to happen.

If possible, consider transforming an existing room in your house into an office space. An attic or garage is a great option, as long as you’re willing to do a bit of renovating. For example, if you want to convert your garage into a home office, you’ll have to consider things like:

  • Cleaning and decluttering;
  • Covering necessities like heating, cooling, and electricity;
  • Insulating the space;
  • Installing security;
  • Setting up the right lighting.

If you live in a small space or with other people and can’t convert a whole room, consider setting up a desk in the corner of a room, and make sure you’re limiting your distractions throughout the day. Don’t be afraid to add personal touches to your workplace as well. Working somewhere that is a reflection of your personality will help you to stay motivated and inspired.

Most importantly, design an ergonomic space with the right furniture and tools to help you stay focused and comfortable. If your chair or desk is uncomfortable all day, it could become distracting and cause long-term pain. If your tools are out of reach, they could also become a nuisance.

Managing Your Commute

When you’re at work in person, it’s easy to get things done because you know you’re only there for a specific number of hours, and you have a window of opportunity to complete your work. Keep in mind, however, that you may need to budget time into your day for your commute.

While some hybrid work setups only require coming into the office a few times per year, if you are required to work more frequently in the office you may need to relocate for your job in order to make this process easier. Be sure to consider the cost of living in your new area, if you have any family members who will also need to find jobs, and look into short-term accommodations so you can get to know the neighborhoods near your hybrid workplace before making any decisions on whether or not to purchase a home there. 

Managing Your Time Effectively

It’s important to set a routine for your workdays at home and stick to it. Try to wake up at the same time as you would for a day at the office. Start working at a set time, give yourself breaks, and quit working after a specific number of hours.

You’ll also need to limit your distractions throughout the day.  You will also need to track your hours, set small goals, and dedicate yourself to striking a healthy work-life balance without getting burnt out.

Some companies will allow you to create your own hybrid remote work schedule. If possible, choose days to work in the office that fit your personal needs and wants. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different days and times to enhance your productivity while focusing on your well-being and mental health.

Overcoming Common Challenges

While there are many benefits to the hybrid remote work model, there are also some challenges that can create stress and make you feel like you’re not able to do your work the way you truly want to. One of the biggest challenges is collaboration. Technology is great for connecting those in the office with those working at home, and vice-versa. But it’s still hard to collaborate with people in the office or even other remote or hybrid workers. That brings up another common issue – loneliness. Even if you go into the office a few days a week, it can be lonely working from home.

Do what you can to get involved with whatever communication channels your company uses such as Slack or Zoom.

These are great platforms for communication that will give you real-time collaboration with your co-workers. You should also encourage your managers and co-workers to frequently check in with each other, especially when it comes to mental wellness. A company culture that embraces the hybrid model will make that easier, so make sure you understand the environment of the business you’re working for before you agree to work from home sometimes.

The hybrid model is undoubtedly here to stay. If you’re currently a hybrid worker or you’re considering it for the future, keep these strategies in mind to enjoy the flexibility of this model while making the most of your career.

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