What Are the Best Days to Work From Home? It’s Complicated

Here’s what to consider when choosing a hybrid work schedule and deciding what are the best days to WFH or go into the office to work with your team.
Matthew Ritchie
September 26, 2023
6 minute read

Over the past three years, people have grown accustomed to working from home.

Despite some working longer hours than usual, many people say the perks—more time with family, shorter or non-existent commutes, and added flexibility—far outweigh any shortcomings.

But the world continues returning to normal, and that means a return to offices.

90% of companies plan to implement return-to-office policies by the end of 2024—despite 68% of employees preferring a hybrid work schedule.

Working in person with your team has many benefits, including strengthening relationships with co-workers and clients, which can boost team morale and engagement, and make employees more productive.

But Gallup and hiring experts say that failing to give workers flexibility can pose a major risk to “hiring, employee engagement, performance, wellbeing and retention strategies.”

If you’re lucky enough to have a hybrid work schedule, you may wonder: What are the best days to WFH? and What days should I work in the office?

The answer isn’t so simple.

Are You an MTFer or a WTFer?

There’s tons of advice out there on the best days of the week to work from home and go into the office.

According to Wired, there are MTFers—people who plan to go to work Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Then, there are MTWers—people who work Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and get the final two days of the week at home.

Finally, there are WTFers—people who work from home at the start of the week, and then show face for the final three weekdays.

But really, that’s only scratching the surface.

How to Choose the Best Days to Work From Home and Go Into the Office

According to Bloomberg, Mondays are popular WFH days for project-based people. Fridays, too, but for opposite reasons (it’s easier to end early and enjoy the weekend sooner if you’re already at home).

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LinkedIn research previously indicated that Mondays and Tuesdays were likely to be the busiest days in physical workplaces—good for extroverts who want to level set for the week, but not so much for introverts who want to get down to business.

That said, a scientific study found that colleagues become less civil as the week goes on, indicating that Wednesdays and Thursdays were particularly bad days to work in the office, which may be important to consider if the people around you have a big impact on your productivity.

When Going Into the Office, It Pays to Be Strategic

When choosing a hybrid work schedule, it’s important to strategize.

“The rules are changing and so is the potential to exploit them,” says The Economist’s resident columnist on management and the world of work. “To flourish in the era of remote working, employees will need the cunning of Machiavelli and the tactical brilliance of Napoleon.”

For him, working from home on a Monday signals you might’ve been “drinking all weekend.” It’s a bit suspicious. Same with staying home on a Friday.

“To avoid suspicion, don’t pick Monday/Friday or Thursday/Friday as your remote combination,” he writes. “Tuesday and Thursday might be a good selection, as it means you will be at the office (and thus visible) every other day.”

If pulling a fast one on your employer isn’t your thing, the Wall Street Journal has some thoughts on how to get “the most face time with senior leaders” in their “Overachievers Guide to Hybrid Work.”

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According to managers and leadership coaches, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are shaping up to be the preferred office days for employees. But they also suggest to “simply come in as much as possible” to maximize face time.

“Though many companies say they are letting workers keep some degree of flexibility, it is inevitable that employees with the most in-person access to leaders will get the first crack at promotions,” says Peter Cappelli, a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Missing the Point

As Diana Wu David, author of Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration, tells Wired, there is no best day (or days) to go to work—it’s all subjective.

“The smart thing about the impulse to pick a day is simplifying [a] routine,” she explains. “But thinking more deeply about what individual teams, projects, or people need is better.”

When deciding when to work from home or go into the office, you should consider your team’s availability, when you work best, and how to maximize your time together, so you can focus on the most important tasks that require collaboration, and save your time at home for deep work (or when you need some flexibility).

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When deciding what the best days to work from home are and which days you should work in the office, Elizabeth Grace Saunders, a time management coach writing for the Harvard Business Review, suggests asking yourself four questions:

  • What tasks do I prefer to do in the office? 
  • When does my team need me? 
  • How can I maximize my productivity? 
  • When do I feel the least motivated?

Answering those questions should help you figure out the best days to work from home and go into the office.

Final Thoughts on the Best Days to WFH

As Amanda Mull argues in The Atlantic, the beauty of the hybrid work model is its flexibility and being able to choose what’s right for you. 

“Being constantly forced to ask permission to have needs outside your employer’s Q3 goals is humiliating and infantilizing,” she writes. “By letting people choose their own office adventures, employees can gain back some of what’s sorely missing in… work culture: self-determination.”

That level of choice and ambiguity may seem daunting to some who have worked remotely over the past few years. 

But, if anything, it gives you the freedom to focus on what really matters each day of the week—whether that’s working in the office with your team, focusing on a particular project at home, or building stronger relationships at work.

Whether you’re a sales superstar, in-demand consultant, busy recruiter, or someone who simply needs to schedule a lot of meetings, one thing’s for sure—you’ve probably booked a lot of them over the past two years.

Hybrid work has forced the majority of our meetings online, and while we appreciate being able to wear sweatpants during normal work hours, the time-consuming ballet that is sharing your availability, finding a time to meet, and adding it to your calendar isn’t quite as enjoyable. 

Speaking with everyone from solopreneurs to seasoned professionals, it seems like a lot of people find meeting scheduling software either costly, impersonal, or just plain boring. And Calendly and other alternatives don’t always cut it.

We hear you. 

Everyone is different, and so is how they work. Making good first impressions is important, and you shouldn’t have to pay a premium for them or basic customizations and integrations with your meeting booking system.

Nook Calendar’s meeting proposal feature is already used by tons of high-performing teams for selecting and proposing meeting times outside of their organization. 

Now, we’re making things even easier by letting you build personal pages with shareable calendar-booking links, right in Nook Calendar. Add them to your LinkedIn profile, email signature, website, or messages when finding a time to meet.

We think it’s the best meeting scheduling software out there, and we’re excited for you to give it a try, so let’s get started.

Here’s How to Set Up a Personal Booking Page in Nook Calendar

First off, if you’re new to Nook Calendar—hello! (If you’re already a Nook user, you can skip ahead.)

You’re going to start by syncing your calendar—either from Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook—and entering your work email address.

Once you approve any necessary permissions, you’ll set up your People Bar. Search for any connections and add the people you interact with the most when scheduling meetings.

From there, you can add any additional calendars you want to see (add your personal one, if you like, to further prevent any overlaps when scheduling meetings), integrate with Zoom (so you can launch calls straight from your calendar), and choose your preferred display setting—select Match OS, Light Mode, or Dark Mode.

Launch Nook Calendar, and you’re ready to set up your online meeting scheduler.

Now, the fun begins

You’re going to start by claiming your unique URL for sharing your meeting availability page. 

Your first name appears by default, but really, it can be anything. We recommend using your full name (e.g., /john-smith).

(You can always change your URL in the future, as long as it’s still available.)

From there, you want to complete your profile. 

Your profile pic is automatically pulled in from your Microsoft or GCal account.

But you can add your name, job title, welcome message, and links to social media profiles or professional website, so guests know a bit more about you when booking a meeting. 

Then, you can start setting your weekly availability.

Nook Calendar defaults to traditional time blocks—9–12 a.m. and 1–5 p.m. These are the hours someone can book a meeting from your personal page. Adjust them based on your availability. 

Your timezone is automatically set to your local time, but you can change it if you primarily work with people in a different timezone and it’s better to visualize that when setting your availability.

Choose which calendar you want to accept meetings in—it can only be booked in one, but Nook Calendar will automatically reference your availability in other calendars you’ve synced to prevent double-bookings when someone schedules a meeting.

Now, it’s time to set up some paramaters. 

You can set up your preferred meeting duration in either 15, 30, 45-minute or one-hour increments (or a custom time).

You can also add buffer time to give yourself a break between meetings, or set a lead time of up to 24 hours, so no one can book any last-minute meetings.

And you’re all set! You can preview what the page will look like, then share it with contacts or add it to your LinkedIn profile (we suggest adding it as a secondary URL), email signature, and anywhere else you do business.

Once someone books time in your calendar, you’ll receive an email and get a notification in the Pulse.

If you ever need to make any changes, you can access your personal meeting page in the bottom of the Magic Panel and make any adjustments—either to your weekly availability or personal information.

You can also remove your availability by simply creating events in Nook Calendar and marking them as Busy to block off time and prevent any bookings.

Nook Calendar’s new personal pages for sharing meeting availability are available on Web, iOS, and Android. 
If you have any questions or thoughts, we’d love to hear them. Hit us up in our Slack Community or contact us through Support.