A Day in the Life of a Hybrid Worker


“Hybrid work” may be synonymous with the modern workplace today, yet it’s incredible to think just two and a half years ago how different a typical work schedule and work environment looked like. For many employees, hybrid work has been embraced as a great way to achieve more work-life balance. For some, adjusting to a hybrid work routine has had its ups and downs. And for others, working even just part of the week remotely has led to reduced disengagement, burnout, and the rise of “quiet quitting.”

While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to hybrid work, we wanted to hear from our teammates at FM:Systems—and their significant others—on transitioning to this type of work arrangement, what’s working well and how organizations can successfully support hybrid workers going forward. Let’s dive in.

What was your initial reaction When you were first asked to go back into the office on a hybrid schedule?

“I was informed in March that I had to start going into the office at least two days a week. I was irritated with the news because I was hired as a remote employee and have never worked from a corporate office in this position. Additionally, all my coworkers live in other states. So, when I do go in, I’m still sitting on video calls all day.”

What have you enjoyed most about the hybrid work experience?

“I enjoy having different working environments and the routine that traveling to the office brings. Since I don’t have a long commute, it’s a nice change of pace.”  

What have you least liked about the hybrid experience?

“I have an assigned desk that I share with others. Equipment goes missing on the days I’m not there. When I’m there, the office is virtually empty with maybe four people on the entire floor, none of whom are from my department or group.”  

“If anything, I wish we were more hybrid and that local people would come in on certain days. So far, the Wednesday lunches have been an enjoyable experience.” 

Walk us through what an average day looks like for you as a hybrid worker.

“It varies depending on the location I’m working from. When I go into the office, and it’s empty, I have fewer distractions than when I’m working from home.”  

What tools/tech do you use to help your hybrid workday go more smoothly/productive?

“All the usual things like chat, Teams, and email.” 

“For me, Asana and other project management and collaboration tools are great to help teams that aren’t in the office every day to work together well. Everyone can see their responsibilities, monitor project due dates, view their own tasks and see what the status of a project is.” 

What can organizations do to make hybrid teams more connected versus feeling like visitors in their own shared workplace ?

“I think the environment needs to be better set up for hybrid conditions. Most people I know still want an assigned desk. The office I go into feels like a ghost town. There aren’t any amenities like water, coffee, or breakroom supplies.”  

“I think we need to have teams come in more often to really find out.”  

“One thing that’s been transformative for our team is daily leadership virtual standups. We connect for 30 minutes each morning to discuss top-of-mind issues. This lets us prioritize and tackle issues more effectively as a team. Still, having weekly, monthly, and quarterly opportunities to connect in person to work and socialize are important. Regular lunches at local offices and quarterly QBRs and social events have been important for me to feel connected to the team and the organization.”  

Please provide one sentence that captures the essence of a successful hybrid work arrangement.

“The need for hybrid workplace planning and strategy is greater than we’ve ever seen. It makes me realize how valuable our software is in enabling our customers to meet today’s workforce requirements.” 

“The essential component to successful hybrid working is offering different options that best support the various ways employees work most productively.”  

The transition to a hybrid working environment is about taking learnings, evaluating data, and adapting to feedback from those employees experiencing it in the trenches daily. This is the only way organizations will be able to effectively evolve and become enablers for a true hybrid experience.

Download our free Multi-Data Point Analysis e-book to gain fresh insights into how data analysis unlocks the true potential of a hybrid workforce.

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