In a hybrid model, how do your in-office days differ from remote working days?

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Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
In office days have less hours worked as I need to drive back and forth and go out to lunch. At home I can take a call at 6:30am, and frequently eat lunch at my home office desk. And can work until 5 or 6pm. No way I will be in the office by 6am and stay until 6pm then drive home

For me going into the office to get on a conference call is a waste of time since most people I work with are at other locations, states, countries.
Director of IT in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
When I was in the office recently, I was very aware of the fluidity of the day and how much more I was able to get done because somebody I needed to speak to was right around the corner. That interaction was much easier than finding time to type out a Slack message because it's too hard to multitask across everything else that I'm doing in a day, with back-to-back calls. I've started to say I'm going to be in the office one day a week and everybody's said, "Tell us which day, so we can be there too." There is definitely an intention and desire to be a part of a collaborative space again.

Learning and development is often better in the office because there are natural opportunities for repetition and enrichment in that environment. When you come out of a meeting, you can recap the new things you learned with others and discuss what you need to follow up on, for example. And the level of concentration is also different when you’re at the office. The way I intake information when I'm in person feels more concentrated than it does over Zoom. When working from home, I get mentally exhausted at the end of each day because my attention is very focused on one thing. You’d think it would be the opposite because when you're multitasking, that's its own drain, but I realized the quality of focus was very different.
Chief Technology Officer in Software, 2 - 10 employees
Being deliberate about the in office time as 'collaboration' time. It is not time to be heads down, it is not time to be on slack or on a call, it is time to meet with the teams and collaboratively solve problems, otherwise it is just a waste

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