A return to the office may involve negotiations between workers and employers, where workers may desire to make some permanent changes, including adopting a hybrid model.
While a hybrid model may not work for all jobs and industries, it can allow employees to continue enjoying the autonomy of remote work, and giving it up on days when they're in the office.
Autonomy can also be maintained at the micro-task level. For example, if workers have some control over their schedule, they can avoid back-to-back meetings or block out time for deep work.
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As the pandemic required employees to work remotely, one of the most striking changes was increased worker's autonomy. Many people became used not to have a boss looking over their shoulder or watching their every move.
A more autonomous environment meant employees could control where they sit or how they prioritise tasks. They could intersperse life activities with job activities. But, as the world returns to the offices, employees are expected to give up some of that control.
Experts have known for some time that autonomy is good for us and our work. If we have control over our lives and environment, we have a greater sense of wellness.
Psychologists view autonomy as a basic human need. Research found that those with more autonomy in their work or workplace culture were happier with their jobs. Another recent study found autonomy has a positive effect on efficiency and output at work.
... that's capable of executing in a remote setup:
There is a sudden shift towards remote working in workspaces all across the world, with many people abruptly thrust towards it without warning.
Experts share a few tips on how to transition to remote working: