How to Be a Successful Hybrid Worker 

Michigan workers are going through an unprecedented time. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic pushed many into a remote work routine more than a year ago, and now some offices have reopened for workers to return – at least some of the time. This has created a hybrid work scenario for many that has them splitting time between professional work space with their colleagues and keeping their at-home offices intact. It’s the career equivalent of being a chameleon. That’s why it is so important to understand how to be a successful hybrid worker. 

If you’re juggling hybrid work, you want to make sure you’re making the best decisions for your physical and mental health. Here are some healthy habits to incorporate into your routine, whether you are working remotely or in the office: 

Take active breaks. Plan ahead for a brisk walk in the morning or afternoon or a lunchtime trip to the gym. A lot of the workday can involve sitting, so make sure you are getting some activity when you step away from your job.  

Work standing up. If your office provides stand-up desk areas, try those out for at least an hour a day. And if you can set up a standing desk in your home office, it’s a good investment. In the pre-pandemic era, standing desks were among the hottest office trends, according to a U.S. News & World Report feature. And for good reason. Standing up while working keeps people from slouching – a big cause of lower back pain. It can also help relieve joint pain and headaches that are sometimes associated with sitting for long periods of time.  

Pay attention to your mental health. Learning to do a hybrid version of your job can add a new kind of stress to your life as you try to master your workload in both places. While working from home can add flexibility, many workers report they are putting in longer hours than they would in an office and they have a tough time transitioning into non-work routines. The Washington Post recently talked to a slew of experts about how to manage mental health while working a hybrid schedule. Here are some of their tips: 

  • As an employee, advocate for the kind of work environment that is better for your job, your safety and your mental health.  
  • Keep integrating wellness and self-care activities into your routine, no matter where you are working.  
  • Be aware of increasing “telepressure” – or feeling like you have to respond to every workplace email or text immediately, especially if it’s after hours. 
  • If working remotely, find definite ways to signal the end of the workday. Close your computer. Put all your work papers away. Head outside for a walk that can take the place of your evening commute.  
  • When you are in the office, take full advantage of opportunities to connect face-to-face with co-workers. Office days are not the days to set aside for heads-down work. Keep those social relationships thriving with meetings, group sessions and dedicated time spent with colleagues. This will boost your mental health.  

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