The time has come for a mass reimagining of the workplace. The hybrid workplace is enabling organizations to continue operations throughout the slow transition back to the office. Now, many are realizing hybrid is here to stay.
Current happenings in the workplace:
Organizations that were not open to hybrid work are now designing for a more flexible workplace after realizing the productivity in remote work. Others have been practicing hybrid work for years and continue to evolve their workplace to be productive for their employees.
Employers are refining policies and etiquette rulebooks to manage the flexibility of the hybrid workplace. Time in the office is for collaboration; Leaders are encouraging video conferencing to foster effective communication. Many organizations are facing issues in the availability of private spaces for video calls. Rooms within rooms are becoming prevalent as a solution to the increased demand for private spaces.
Some facilities are fully embracing the permanence of hybrid work by reducing their overall footprint to accommodate a smaller workforce. Hybrid employees feel supported by a workplace that offers work area hoteling—the ability to reserve a workspace for daily use.
Spaces will continue to be agile and flexible to accommodate rapid changes in the workplace. We saw how work changed overnight, so what does tomorrow hold? What about next year?
Supporting work from home:
Employees feel empowered when they can isolate tasks and complete them effectively at home. Many companies are offering home office furnishings and technology to support hybrid and fully remote employees. Computers, ergonomic chairs, and adjustable tables are being provided to maximize productivity and improve employee wellbeing.
On the horizon for the workplace:
Facilities with open atmospheres will need more sheltered areas to enable communication in the hybrid workplace. Sustainable office furnishings are being designed to support augmentation and expansion over time. Reconfigurable phone booths, communication pods, and telescoping wall systems add flexibility to the workplace by dividing rooms for multipurpose use.
Culture remains paramount in the workplace. Communication, connection, and trust make up a healthy hybrid environment. Resimercial design—a furnishing style that brings the homey feel of residential furniture to the workplace—fosters a rich hybrid culture.
The workforce has asked for hybrid work for decades, but the world was not ready to listen—last year, it was forced upon us all. Moving forward, new generations will expect a hybrid workplace.
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Hybrid workplace insights gathered from experts at work Heather Colligan-Clarke, Creative Business Interiors, and Amy Sell, Knoll. Images from Knoll.com.
See the original publication in BizTimes Milwaukee's August 16th, 2021 edition here.