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Academic Search Engine Knobull Guides Students And Workers Shifting To Hybrid Work

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BOSTON - eTradeWire -- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull reported, "Workers are now starting to head back into office and beginning to test this new way of working. The hybrid pattern will be unfamiliar for employees and employers alike, and some workers may wonder how to best allocate their tasks.

Even though hybrid set-ups will differ – some people will work a fixed number of days in the office, some will have specific pre-selected days during which whole teams are in together, and some may be allowed to set their own schedules flexibly."

It is best to recreate aspects of your work-from-home environment in the office to make the switch feel less jarring, including the lighting around your desk, your camera or microphone setup, your seating arrangement and even the accessibility of digital tools. Planning ahead is key here, especially if the hybrid arrangement is consistent and workers know in advance which days they'll be in the office.

Tasks which can be completed from start to finish without input from others, such as responding to direct emails or putting together a solo presentation – should be done at home, where you're able to have large blocks of uninterrupted time. Projects that require focused meetings, planning or asynchronous tasks are best done at the office.

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Of course, workers all have different preferences and favoured working styles. Some feel they do their best work individually while others thrive in a bustling office environment. That means each worker will need to establish their own pattern – and assign tasks to in-office or home days on the basis that works best for them, boss and fellow workers.

Making a success of hybrid is not just about choosing your tasks, however; developing and maintaining relationships with colleagues is also important. Doing so helps to shore up important personal connections – the kind of trust that comes from high quality working relationships that has been harder to be able to build and develop when working remotely.

Whether consciously or subconsciously, making a moderate effort to signal your productivity and communicate your contribution to your boss and colleagues can be a good idea. That means it's vital to create a regular channel of communication, particularly during the transition to hybrid, to ensure new working patterns are remaining effective.

Bentley concluded. "Each company's method of returning to in-office will fall on a spectrum and it will take time to adapt, regardless of your role or workplace experience. The key is to approach your more limited in-office time intelligently, plan your days and maintain a steady line of communication with colleagues and managers. Also, it is wise to utilize tools like the Knobull online message board to facilitate collaboration."

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