Hybrid work may be the standard for everyone.
Harvard Business Review reports that “a majority of workers would like to spend some time in the office once things return to what they were.” Businesses are planning to “continue exercising both muscles.”
For example, the managing director of marketing agency GYK Antler recently announced what the company calls a “3-2-1 Hybrid Work Approach”:
3: Employees will work in the office three days each week, Tuesday through Thursday.
2: Employees will work remotely two days each week, Monday and Friday.
1: To make sure no individual slips through the cracks, the agency will foster a creative culture under the banner of “#OneGYKAntler.”
Manage Bright Spot No. 3:
Understand the two different ways workers balance their work and their personal lives.
Harvard Business Review offers a great way to understand remote workers in terms of their two personality types:
1. Integrators “tend be comfortable performing work tasks during ‘family time’ and doing family tasks during ‘work time.’”
Worried that integrators will take advantage of the organization? Don’t be. In the 1980s, the Wall Street Journal ran a short piece on a research finding that people who blurred work and personal boundaries tended to give more to the organization than they took from it.
2. Segmentors keep their work lives and home lives in separate buckets.
Segmentors “are happier and more committed when they have access to flextime, as this allows them to block their time in a way that preserves a clear distinction between work and family.”
Simply knowing these two work styles influences hiring and management. For example, Segmentors may be better suited to focused, prolonged work. Integrators will be good jugglers. Recognize each’s work style in scheduling conversations and setting expectations for vacations.
We all live above the store now.
With the release of the first email-enabled BlackBerry smartphone in 1999, office workers started checking email in their free time. Eventually, we all obtained smartphones, which meant work emails were no longer limited to office hours. All knowledge workers found themselves working when away from the office.
As pandemic-induced changes more fully bring work into the home, it might help to know we’re in good company. Ronald W. Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, was born in a little apartment on the second floor of a commercial building in Tampico, Illinois. Upon moving into the White House in 1981, he quipped it was “just like living over the store again.”
Sharing our homes with our employers may feel new to some of us, but it’s been happening forever, in one form or another. Looks like 2021 will just be the newest iteration.