Navigating the New Normal: Resources & Guidance for Individuals & Employers 

As New York State continues to lift restrictions and re-open, the 511NY Rideshare team is here to provide resources and information to help manage the process and make the transition easier and enjoyable. 

Our team of experts can assist you in maintaining a productive telework environment, finding new and sustainable ways to get around, navigating the return to the office and commuting, or implementing a hybrid work plan. 

Contact us at 866-NY-COMMUTE (1.866.692.6668) or Or live chat with an expert by clicking "Chat now" in the bottom right corner of this page. 

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So you're going HYBRID 

As New York continues to reopen, more and more employers and worksites are implementing hybrid (part remote, part in-person) models for their offices. There are countless ways to implement a hybrid workplace, and our team is here to help you establish which way is best for your employees.

Contact the 511NY Rideshare team for help strategizing, writing, and implementing your hybrid plan! 

Types of Hybrid Models: 

  • Remote first: Company functions mainly remotely - continuing to default to online communication, but maintains office space for collaboration or employees that need to be in an office.

  • Office-occasional: Employees go to the office a few times a week. This model can be as loose (employees go to the office when it's convenient for them) or firm (employee must be in the office every Monday) depending on the companies' needs. 

  • Office-first, remote allowed: Similar to many companies' policies before COVID, this model has most employees return to the office but offers a remote work policy.
  • Flexible scheduling: For organizations returning to the office full-time or occasionally, offering flexible scheduling is a great way to ensure coverage, improve employee retention, and reduce your carbon footprint.
    • Time flex - Employees decide what hours work best for them (i.e. 7 am - 3 pm or 10 am - 6 pm) means less stress for the employee, AND less rush hour traffic and transit congestion! 
    • Day flex - Allowing employees to work shorter weeks, or have flexibility in their workdays has been proven to improve employee retention. This can look many different ways: a 4 day work week (employees work 10 hours a day), flexible Fridays where employees work only every other Friday, and countless other options. 

More Reading: 

How To Sustain Company Culture In A Hybrid Work Model - Forbes

Making The Hybrid Workplace Fair - Harvard Business Review

These Companies Were Hybrid Before The Pandemic - Here's How They Make It Work - CNN Business 

How St. Josephs College Overcame the Covid Struggle - NetNY TV (video)

Hybrid Office Remote Work - Citigroup - Ford - Target - Washington Post

Facebook Will Allow Nearly All Employees To Work Remotely Post-Pandemic - Forbes 


Tips & Tools for Remote Work

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While some employees are returning to offices, others will continue working from home permanently, or adopt a hybrid schedule where they work from home several days a week and go to an office the other days. 511NY Rideshare telework experts have compiled advice, guidance, and resources on our telework page to help you keep remote work productive and enjoyable, and avoid burnout. 

Avoid Telework Burnout

  • Build breaks to step away from your computer into your everyday calendar. 

  • If possible, arrange for monthly in-person lunches or meetings with local colleagues.
  • Talk to your manager about working flexible hours that improve your schedule (i.e. start at 7 am instead of 9 am so you can get your kids off the bus).  
  • Join our community of new and seasoned teleworkers on social media 

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Visit our telework page for more tips for employers and managers, tips for individuals, special offers from companies and organizations for teleworkers, and tools for successful teleworking. 


Travel and Transit Updates

Face coverings continued to be required when traveling on public transportation statewide. Fare collection has resumed statewide. 

Before traveling or taking public transit, check the transit providers in your area by going to the 511NY Rideshare Regional Resources page and clicking on your county. 

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For information on testing, vaccinations, and up-to-date restrictions and regulations in New York State, visit the New York State COVID site or call the hotline:1-888-364-3065

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