3 Things Your Boss Needs to Hear About Hybrid Work

How to get on the same page before you return to the office

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Focus on objectives, not hours

If you still measure productivity by the clock on the wall, you’re missing the biggest work and life gains that come from spending at least some of your workdays out of the office. You can get much more done in the relative quiet of home (or if your home is too distracting, the relative peace of a co-working space or coffee shop.)

Automate your attention

Remote and hybrid work can intensify the problem of digital overload. We become even more reliant on email and messaging to stay in touch with our colleagues — either because we’re working from home or because they are — the volume of messaging can increase and cut into the productivity win of those days at home. You and your colleagues need a shared understanding of how you’ll stem the flood without missing essential information.

Meet less

The biggest impediment to remote work productivity is interruption by video meetings. Now that offices are reopening, we have an opportunity to fix that problem — by treating our days in the office as our collaboration days, and reserving our days at home for focused, solitary work. That means synchronizing work schedules so that we can meet face-to-face on office days — or in the case of geographically dispersed teams, connecting computer-to-computer or boardroom-to-boardroom.

Getting on the same page

Sharing a common approach to remote work is even more important now that offices are reopening. It’s how we keep Team Remote and Team Office from coming to blows — and helping them become one integrated team, with everyone working in the way that’s most effective for them.

An excerpt from my recent conversation with the Lavin Agency’s Author’s Corner.

Author, Remote Inc: How To Thrive at Work…Wherever You Are. Tech speaker. Writer & data journalist for Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review & more.