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Make the Most of New Ways to Work

By Sandy Schroeder

In a fast-spinning world, many of us are trying out all sorts of work options. Some are headed back to the office. Some are splitting their time between home and office, and others are settling in at home. 

There is no one right answer. Whatever works for individuals and their companies turns out to be the way to go. At home with kids, cats and new hours may be just fine for some. Heading back to work and enjoying all of the varied interactions work brings is best for others. If productivity and happiness blossom, it's a winner. 

Forbes took a look at these options and weighed in with some ways to make it all work. 

Make sure everyone is included - To create a fully functioning staff, make sure at home, part-timers and full time people are all informed and included in conferences, meetings and other events. 

Watch for reactions and feedback - No matter what you do with meetings, workshops and use of technology, the people count the most. So watch and listen carefully to see how things are playing out. Little irritations can become big stumbling blocks if they are ignored. 

Stay flexible - The mix of time, talent and deadlines will need time to settle into comfortable rhythms. Adjust as you go to help everyone find their comfort zones. Ask for feedback and get everyone involved in any changes that are needed. 

Look for blending opportunities - After work get-togethers that give everyone a chance to relax and get to know each other will help everyone settle in. Lunch sessions and breakfast meetings might work too as ways to get input. 

Find ways to build company pride - Sponsoring charities, holding fundraisers, or supporting a local baseball or soccer team could be a good way to get everyone involved. 

Leave the door open for change - As this plays out, some people may see that they made a mistake. Give everyone the opportunity to request changes or try out new options. 

Hang on to your sense of humor - A lot will be happening all at once and it will probably take time to really come together. Expect blips and keep adjusting as you find the best answers. 

Wherever the new work options lead, keep an open mind to find the right one for you and your co-workers.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Maple Grove, Minn.

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