Dividing time between two settings also means dividing tasks accordingly – into those easily done at home, and those best done at the office. Doing so ensures that time is being spent well in both settings and arduous commutes to the office are only made when really necessary.
While hybrid and remote workers report being happier, and are more committed and productive, they are not immune from burnout and work-life separation issues, especially in China. Companies can address this by clarifying employee policy and offering online mental health support.
As demand for remote and hybrid working grows, managers need to be retrained to stop focusing on employee presence and learn to trust the actual data. In China, remote work can help address the pernicious 996 culture and counter the burnout that leads to young people ‘lying flat’.