The last twelve months have seen a dramatic change in the way we work and the workplaces we use. As businesses have been adapting to navigating the Coronavirus pandemic, they have been forced to adopt unconventional workplaces and remote working styles. Working from home has become the norm for most employees when a year ago, they were spending the majority of their time in the office.
What is Hybrid Working?
Organisations all across the globe were forced to embrace remote working during the Coronavirus pandemic. Many businesses that were opposed to the idea have discovered that employees can actually work productively and efficiently from the comfort of their homes.
At the same time, many workers have enjoyed the lack of commute and a better work-life balance. While remote working has been a success for many during the global pandemic, it isn’t a realistic option for the future. There are many benefits for teams working together under one roof, and both businesses and employees need some real face time. This is where the concept of hybrid working comes in.
Hybrid working is a careful balance between working from home and office-based working. It gives employees the freedom to go back to the workplace part-time and work remotely for the rest. Hybrid working is all about being able to move between a home office and a traditional desk.
It offers many benefits to both the company and the workforce, and research reveals that a 77% of employees think hybrid working is the best way forward after the pandemic. With hybrid working set to be a trend that is here to stay, companies are having to analyse whether their current workplace is prepared for this new working style.
How Can Companies Adapt to Hybrid Working?
Hybrid working has some very different requirements when it comes to the workplace. An office is no longer a base for employees every single day, and it needs to adapt to suit a more flexible workforce. A survey completed by Unispace discovered that businesses are now seeking workplaces that inspire collaboration, improve employee retention and normalise flexible working. There is a shift from individual desk spaces and quiet focus areas to social co-working areas and spaces which reinforce the brand culture.
Most employees now have a practical and productive desk setup in their homes, so a replica of this in the office isn’t needed. The office is instead going to become a place for social interaction, inspiration and collaboration.