Everyone’s talking about the future of work. But, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to figure out that hybrid is here to stay.
More than 70% of workers want to continue working in a hybrid environment with the option to work remotely. And, nearly half of workers are willing to leave their current job to find the roles that suit their lifestyle and preferences. Power dynamics have clearly shifted from employer to employee, and the most successful organizations will be those that adapt to this new reality.
But, despite people flocking to hybrid options for the freedom they provide, many still approach their work schedule and planning as if they were showing up to an office during the old “workday” — be it 9-to-5 or more often 8-to-8.
Here at Daybase, we’ve been hybrid since day one. So, we asked our team for their scheduling tips and tricks to ensure productivity, efficiency, engagement, and of course, freedom. Read on.
Set norms aside and consider an asynchronous schedule
Try to set aside the conventions of the traditional workday. Afterall, attitudes toward work and work behaviors have undergone dramatic change in the past 18+ months. Just because you’re working remotely or going into the office once a week doesn’t mean work activities must take place between a normative set of hours with 100% availability and constant check-ins.
Look at other team members’ schedules, the critical times throughout the day that you need to be available and recurring meetings or Zooms you need to attend, and program your time around them.
Figure out when and where you’re most productive for what
With asynchronous schedules quickly becoming a hallmark of the new work environment, you can finally focus within the hours where you do your best work.
For some members of our team, their kids come home at 3:30pm, so their calendars are always blocked for a few hours. For others, they enjoy working later in the evening when they are distraction-free. And, those rare early birds frontload their schedules in the morning. It’s up to you to find what works for so many individual work activities.
Set and share your work hours
Whatever approximate schedule you land on, be sure you share it with your team. While it’s important you find the schedule that works for you, it’s also incumbent on you to share those hours with your manager and fellow team members to ensure you are being collaborative.
This way your colleagues will know when to schedule meetings and correspond with you, as well as when you’re likely unavailable. If we’ve learned one thing, it’s that strong communication is key to making the hybrid lifestyle work.
Plan around appointments
Of course, not every day is going to look the same. You might have a doctor’s appointment. Maybe you need to drive a forgotten lunchbox to your child’s school. Or perhaps you just want to hit the gym for an hour in the middle of the day. (Goals.)
Embrace the flexibility and “me time” that hybrid work offers. Plan around your day-to-day appointments. Look for local workspots, like Daybase, close to where you’re running errands. Pop into an on-demand office after yoga class or meet a colleague after grabbing a bite at your favorite local lunch spot.
Be strategic about your in-office days
Most hybrid workers are not 100% remote, and even if you are, it’s a good idea to occasionally get some face-to-face time with your boss and the people you work with.
Be thoughtful about the days you decide to go into the office. Don’t choose a day (typically Friday) when everyone leaves early. Instead, plan to go in on strategic days – it might be your team’s major monthly meeting, a weekly check-in with your boss, or an upcoming sales presentation.
The bottom line
People who are intentional about how they plan their schedules will be able to get all the benefits out of hybrid work while also maintaining productivity and a healthy rapport with their colleagues and managers.