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Understanding the new parameters of work life

From time management to understanding the people you work with, how can employees adapt to a different era of work? A new report by Nespresso explores how to navigate the hybrid workplace

Working life has changed considerably during the course of the pandemic. From regimented work schedules within the confines of an office to greater flexibility and choice of where and how employees work, there is a tension rising as employees adapt to new ways of working.

A new report by Nespresso called ‘Own Your Work Day Your Way’ explores the key areas of contention and offers tip on how they can be effectively managed. It supplies tips on managing time, hybrid schedules, workloads and different personalities within teams.

Time management

The report explains that time management has taken on a new meaning in the hybrid era of work. The number of meetings an individual is invited to attend has accelerated since the onset of remote working. Where once employees would have hours between meetings, they now have as little as 15 minutes – this results in a day of ‘fragmented time’. Calendar management company Clockwise calculated a 17 per cent increase in the amount of fragmented time per person per week since the onset of the pandemic.

The report suggests that taking control over meetings is the first step to creating less fragmented days. Rather than accepting every meeting, individuals could put a limit on the number of meetings they accept in a day.

Balancing the hybrid model

The optimal balance between remote and in-office work largely depends on individual preferences and circumstances. With the increase in flexibility and choice, it can be difficult to know when to choose the right setting for the most effective day at work.

While the notion of work-life balance quickly became a work-life blur at the beginning of the pandemic, there is now an opportunity to reset the boundaries again. The report advises to establish an equilibrium between work and home.

Managing personalities

From improving management skills to building better connections with colleagues, it is critical to have an understanding of how different people work. The pandemic has triggered a movement of empathetic leadership, whereby managers take a more empathetic and understanding approach to individual circumstances and needs.

This movement can also apply to how individuals work with their peers. Understanding the way the hybrid working model impacts different personality types will help employees optimise their working relationships.

Read the full Nespresso report here.

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