Problem: A major side effect of working long hours, whether at home or at office, is being sedentary. This could end up in serious health issues like postural defects or pain in the spine and neck.
Solution: Take regular breaks by getting up from your chair and do simple eye and body exercises. While scheduling meetings, let there be breaks in between longer meetings as attention spans tend to flag. Giving your team two-three simple physical tasks to complete like spot jogging and squats during these breaks is a good way to keep everybody active and focused.
Ira Gilani, director, Goldratt India, says, “While working in the hybrid workplace, it’s important to get complete clarity on deliverables and expectations. Regular communication and time management is the key. If you find yourself constantly stretching beyond work hours, check if you are over committing and agreeing to unrealistic targets. Also, remember to have a personal connect with your team members irrespective of your location/roles.”
Warren Buffet said, “The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they’re too heavy to be broken.” It is important to inculcate the right set of habits to make hybrid workplaces productive and sustainable.