May 9, 2022

Navigating a hybrid work set up

Let’s not lie, we would all rather be in pyjamas.

2 min read


When your favourite co-worker schedules an in-person meeting on a day you’re supposed to WFH, and it’s at 2:00 PM which they *know* is your unofficial nap time

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When you’ve spent 1.5 years working at home, with limited professional interaction, no camera on, and now you’re in a meeting trying to explain why you visibly rolled your eyes at something your colleague said

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Watching two team members fight over whose responsibility it was to send an email, after being deprived of this petty drama for far too long

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Trying to succinctly explain to your family what the first day commuting one hour to the office and one hour back was like, when you have no energy left. 

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Learning how to talk to the person who used to send follow up emails, except now, they just walk over to your desk three times a day in an attempt to get the information they want

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The moment you realise that attending a 9:00 AM meeting now means waking up at 7:00 AM

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When your extroverted teammate is trying to explain how returning to an in-person environment is actually beneficial and just. so. energising.

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When your team member asks what the point of a hybrid set up is, when all the work happens on the days they are working at home

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What it feels like waking up on a day you’re working from home, your kids are at school, your partner is in their office, and finally, finally, the house is *yours*

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Devanshi Vaid

Devanshi is co-founder and director at IDR. Prior experience includes working as a part of the advisory research team at Dasra, and as a news producer at Times Now. Devanshi holds a BA in English Literature from Bryn Mawr College; has practice in building out communication and dissemination strategies, as well as in creating digital, user-friendly content.

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Sneha Philip

Sneha leads content development and curation at IDR. Prior to IDR, she worked at Dasra and EdelGive Foundation, across research and diligence verticals, on issues such as health, sanitation, gender, and strategic philanthropy. Sneha also worked at AIESEC—the world’s largest youth-run nonprofit organisation, and was a founding member of a language training company in Budapest, Hungary. She has an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and a BA in Economics from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.