Hybrid Working Hacks: 5 Useful Tips To Maximise Productivity
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With COVID-19 restrictions easing up in many countries, including Singapore, businesses are now looking beyond remote work and towards the future of work. As it stands, a hybrid work model seems to be what most employees and their employers agree on, given that it brings the best of both worlds of traditional and remote working.

Hybrid work essentially means dividing your working hours between working at home and in a flexible office space or the company’s office. This model is growing in popularity among many organisations such as Google since it offers greater flexibility that benefits employees and potential cost-savings in the way of reduced real-estate footprint and improved work-life balance. However, it is essential to note that hybrid working is unlike working in a traditional office or solely working from home, so adopting productivity habits from both areas will not work. Below are five handy tricks on translating your usual performance into a hybrid working model to be just as productive.

1. Match your home and office work setup

We are naturally creatures of habit; thus, it is crucial to be consistent with your work setups at home and in the office. The reason being is that our brains act on muscle memory. Whenever we switch environments, our minds need to remember what to do. By keeping things the same, from your desk orientation to where you keep your supplies, you no longer need to mentally reorient and readjust yourself every few days – saving your precious time and energy. Moreover, the context-dependent memory concept also dictates that it might be easier for you to remember information or pick up where you left off your work if your environment stays the same or is similar.

2. Establish and stick to your boundaries

Forging boundaries for your work routine is just as vital for hybrid workers as for remote ones, as increasing your mindfulness at work can help reinforce the factors that retain your work well-being. Therefore, it would be best to apply this mindset of boundaries for your entire hybrid working world and stick to boundaries that disconnect you from work after the workday ends, either at home or the physical office.

3. Use time blocks to your advantage

More often than not, your work from home schedule will differ from your office schedule. However, since most projects and work tasks require collaboration to accomplish, having a predictable and consistent schedule is essential in letting colleagues know when you are available. Teams that make a habit of blocking out time in their calendars promote greater visibility in their hybrid routines and allow members to become more aware of their colleagues’ availability.

4. Coordinate with the team regarding in-office visits

Since there is no standard approach to adopting the hybrid work model, companies can either take a controlled approach when deciding schedules or allow employees to make their own. In the latter case, there may be instances where you choose to commute to work only to find out that the other members are working remotely for the day. While virtual collaboration can still be highly productive, there will be times when getting together and interacting face-to-face may prove to be more beneficial; for example, when completing high-priority or collaborative tasks nearing a deadline. Hence, it would be good to coordinate with the team regarding important meetings so that everyone can be present and accounted for.

5. Invest in a strong broadband connection

As mentioned, hybrid working entails a mix of working at home and in a flexible office space or the company’s office; it only makes sense to invest in the tools you need to accomplish your tasks effectively, whether you are at the coworking space, or at home. Offices require a solid broadband connection to have a dependable connection to support their remote workforce, and vice versa. This is to ensure an uninterrupted remote working experience.

In fact, according to a recent Cavan Digital Hub survey, 97 per cent of corporate leaders agree that stable broadband connectivity is critical to sustaining an effective remote working strategy. As so much activity is centred around digital communication, having strong internet capabilities is no longer a luxury for organisations; it is a necessity.

Conclusion

The hybrid working model is set to become the future of work now that the majority of employees seek to work remotely in some capacity moving forward. While it may seem easy to be as productive in this hybrid arrangement at first glance, the truth is that working in a hybrid environment requires new habits and strategies to attain the same productivity levels as working in the office or at home.

At GreenHub Singapore, we offer a solution that tackles many of the issues surrounding hybrid working, and that is through our coworking office spaces for lease. Our modern spaces come with that familiar office look-and-feel that most professionals are used to, supplies and amenities necessary for work, and green design elements that boost overall well-being. Enhance your hybrid working productivity today and contact us at +65 6692 8000 to experience our offices first-hand.