Mixology: The right doses of remote and office work
The Covid crisis has shaken up the unity of place and time in your professional life: You work partly from home and your hours have probably changed. No one imagines a full-time return to the office. Instead, companies are trying to find the best balance between remote and in-person work, depending on the tasks to be carried out.
With more than a year of hindsight on our new work habits, we can cull the best from each method, by planning activities according to the time and place of work:
– Reserve collaboration for office days.
– Use remote work to recharge your batteries, by using, for example, the time saved in commuting for a hobby or sport. Don’t give in to the temptation to sort your emails – that won’t boost your physical or mental energy. Save this time for yourself.
– If your work allows to schedule your own hours, tackle tasks that require the most concentration during times when you know you will be less in demand.
– Conversely, use common time slots for tasks that require more coordination with coworkers.
Experiment to find what works best for you and your team.
by Lynda Gratton (MIT Sloan Management Review, November 2020).