With many office workers around the United States becoming vaccinated, companies have once again opened their doors with the hopes of returning to pre-COVID operations. However, many employees who have transitioned to a remote working arrangement due to the pandemic want to continue working in their homes, even after becoming vaccinated. A study by Robert Half reports that about a third of professionals currently working from home would quit if their office suddenly required them to work in the office full-time.
So, what compromise can companies give to their employees who still want to work remotely?
The solution lies in hybrid work setups, where employees are only required to come into the office a few times per week and complete the rest of their work remotely. But while this work arrangement is an ideal compromise, many employees might initially find it difficult to adjust to a hybrid work setup.
With that in mind, below are strategies employees can utilize to better acclimate to a hybrid work setup.
Create a mindful workstation
If you are working from home, it is best to carve out a space in your home where you can work free from distractions. Having a mindful workstation also allows you to seamlessly transition between working from your home and the office. To create a mindful workstation at home, be sure that you have the right accessories and tools. For one, an ergonomic chair, often found in offices, can help you work for hours on end without straining your back. Other tools that you may need when creating a mindful workstation are a noise-cancelling headset, desk risers, and ergonomic computer accessories.
Use your office workspaces
During those days where you need to show up in the office, be sure that you maximize all the available workspaces. This means reserving the conference room if you need to meet with your team or moving to a private office if you need to focus on your tasks. Most offices have multiple types of workspaces for different activities, so it is best that you familiarize yourself with the office space. Doing so allows you to find the best setup where you can efficiently do your tasks and connect safely with your coworkers.
Since not every work colleague will be at the office at a given time, you should strive to always keep your communications line open and consistently communicate so you work more effectively. This means being aware of your coworkers' schedules and planning, so you do not run into issues, whether you choose to work at home or the office. In addition, it will also do you well to still use collaboration tools and project management platforms. These channels allow you to consistently communicate and seamlessly collaborate with your coworkers, decreasing stress, wherever you are.
By using these tips, you can better prepare yourself for a hybrid work setup. For more posts and insights on mental health, work, and life, be sure to check out Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri's blog.
About the Author
Reena Jaimie is a freelance writer and wellness advocate. She is passionate about helping other prioritize their mental health. She enjoys learning new things and occasionally goes on hikes with her Labrador, Max.