So You’re Returning to the Office… The Do’s and Don’ts of a Hybrid World

Alex Mitchell
7 min readApr 25, 2021

More than 1 year ago, I wrote: “How to Be a Great Remote Product Manager.” Little did I know that we’d be living in a remote-only world for more than a year!

But, things are changing again and they are changing FAST!

As of 4/24/21, more than 53% of the adult population of the United States had received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Source: CDC COVID Tracker

And there are signs of tech companies returning to work in person in a limited capacity everywhere you look:

Facebook, Microsoft and Uber have announced plans to reopen offices on a limited basis, as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic continues to slow.

Microsoft and Uber say their headquarters in Redmond, Wash., and San Francisco respectively will welcome employees on March 29.

Facebook said that if COVID-19 numbers in Menlo Park, Calif., the home of its headquarters, continues to decline, up to 10% of its workforce can go back to the office on May 10. Similarly, offices in Fremont and Sunnyvale can open a little later — May 17 and May 24, respectively. And the San Francisco office is slated to open its doors on June 7.

Source: NPR

And as a more personal example, this past Friday, I went into my downtown Chicago office and worked with 5 of my fully vaccinated co-workers.

It was magical.

But it is still a far cry from a full-scale return to the office and that’s ok.

Similar to the adjustment period that we all experienced in March and April of 2020, there will be an equal adjustment period as we determine how we all will work successfully in a “hybrid” remote world.

In this new hybrid world, there will be both significant opportunities and challenges to…

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Alex Mitchell

Product @Kinsured | 5x Product Leader/Founder | Syndicate: bit.ly/mitchell-ventures | Author: @producthandbook @disruptbook