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Maximising Well-being and Productivity in the Hybrid Work Era

27 March 2024
Written by
Helayna Lowe

As hybrid work becomes the norm, understanding its implications on employee well-being is crucial for managers aiming to foster a supportive and productive work environment. The Slack survey of 9,000 workers showing a 72% preference for hybrid work underscores its popularity, but it's the IWG study that provides compelling insights into the "why" behind this preference. According to IWG, hybrid workers are benefiting from more exercise, longer sleep durations, healthier eating habits, and improved mental health. These findings are a testament to the hybrid model's potential to enhance quality of life, offering a solid foundation for managers to build upon.

Integrating Wellness into Hybrid Work Management

Foster Trust and Independence

The onset of hybrid work challenges traditional management styles, emphasising the importance of trust and clarity. Micromanagement, a relic of past work environments, undermines this model's essence. To adapt, managers must set clear expectations from the outset, allowing employees the autonomy to meet these goals in their chosen work setting. Trust in your team's professionalism and assess outcomes rather than daily activities, adjusting expectations based on results rather than the process.

Balance Workloads to Prevent Burnout

Acknowledging the increase in workday length and meeting times, it's crucial to actively manage and balance workloads. Encourage team members to be forthright about their capacity and ensure that tasks are both necessary and achievable within allotted working hours, and validate the quality over quantity of work completed.

Rethink Meeting Culture

In a hybrid setting, the temptation to schedule frequent virtual meetings can disrupt productivity and autonomy. Evaluate the necessity of each meeting, considering alternatives like emails, brief calls, or targeted discussions with only directly involved team members. This approach minimises interruptions and respects the varied working environments within your team.

Ensure Equitable Access to Resources

Hybrid work success hinges on inclusivity, making it imperative to provide all employees with the tools they need to succeed, whether they're working remotely or in the office. This commitment to resource equity can help mitigate feelings of isolation and ensure all team members feel valued and supported.

Create Spaces for Connection and Dialogue

An open-door policy, virtual or otherwise, alongside optional community-building activities, can foster a sense of belonging and provide a forum for employees to share experiences and challenges. This environment encourages dialogue around well-being, bolstering mental health support.

Embrace Flexible Working Hours

Reflecting the flexibility that hybrid work allows, managers should accommodate varying schedules, recognising the diverse needs of their team members, from parenting responsibilities to personal well-being practices. This flexibility, grounded in trust, is crucial for maximising the benefits of the hybrid model.

Lead with Empathy and Transparency

Managers should model the behaviors they wish to see, from respecting work-life boundaries to prioritising their own well-being. This leadership approach can inspire similar behaviors across the team, creating a culture where well-being is prioritised.

Leveraging Hybrid Work for Enhanced Well-being

The insights from IWG highlight the significant benefits of hybrid work on physical and mental well-being. By embracing these findings, managers can implement strategies that not only support the productivity and efficiency of their teams but also contribute to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. Conspicuous is dedicated to partnering with organisations to navigate the nuances of hybrid work, ensuring that well-being remains at the forefront of this evolution. Together, we can create a work environment that truly reflects the needs and preferences of today's workforce, leveraging the hybrid model to its full potential for a happier, healthier, and more productive team.

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Interested in building a team that thrives in a hybrid work environment? Conspicuous is here to help. Our consultative approach is driven by a deep understanding of your unique workplace culture and the challenges of hybrid work. Contact us to explore how we can support your journey towards creating a world-class hybrid workplace. Your well-being is our priority. Let's make hybrid work work for you.

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