Hybrid working has been working for years. Many, if not most, office buildings in Manchester have been sitting empty for over 12 months now. We have been anticipating the rush back to the office at the end of each lockdown phase. It has now become clear that things are never going back to the way they were. Competitive employers are already planning what happens next.
When it comes to work’s “new normal” – for employees, it is all about having choices. Sometimes, this will be a trip to the original office (if it is still there). Other times, it will be about making it work in a makeshift home office. Increasingly, a third purpose-built workspace is emerging as a better-than-the-best-of-both-worlds option that makes new levels of productivity and work-life balance possible while reducing company overheads.
Savvy employers know just how valuable the flexibility of a dedicated workspace is for employees today – and how a hybrid approach to work lets employees:
1. Get the gang back together
One of the main things missing during the pandemic that is hard to replicate on zoom is the “water-cooler chat”. These times when you happen to come across a colleague and get chatting about something that sparks new ways of thinking. That work-friend relationship that we all miss and value. Once the lockdowns subside flexible workspace will bridge this gap and re-energise these vital collaborations and relationships.
2. Prioritise productivity
When people are happy, they do their best work. Much of this work happiness can come from the environment where we are working. Easy collaborations, head down quiet space, distraction-free workspace and meeting new people add to this and can’t happen at home. A modern workspace is as much about the feeling you get from going to it as the work it generates.
Workplace wellness used to be a buzzword, but today, it is an absolute must-have across the board. Covid safe environments are essential to keeping us all safe. Dedicated workspaces are leading the charge in prioritising the health and wellness of workers.
4. Choosing my way of working
From the many conversations we have had over the last 12 months, we need to face the fact that the traditional 9-5 is over for most of us. Employees have had to adapt through massive changes and expected to keep their jobs and business afloat during extreme circumstances. Employers will find it hard to demand a return, and employees will want to be repaid for their loyalty and hard work but being allowed to choose how and where they work.
5. Attract and retain
The better the working conditions are, the more likely employers are to attract and retain top talent. Offering flexible working benefits allows them to retain people locally and open the recruitment net nationally. This allows the job to go to where the employee is rather than the other way around. Smart support for employees in the form of flexible workspace is a huge perk. A London based company no longer needs to concern itself with relocation. By offering a venue to work in when needed, they provide the employee with the flexibility and support they crave.
6. I want to be seen
Each of us is different, but we all want to be seen and heard. Giving employees options to work from home is excellent, but how do I get on if I am not at that “water-cooler” moment. Having opportunities to come together in a meeting space will be the way forward in proper relationship building with employees and employers. Creating those relaxed moments in a flexible workspace will help us all to feel integrated while giving us choices as to home working.
7. Trailblazing for the future
None of us knows what the effects of the pandemic and lockdowns are going to have on the future. The one thing we do know is that now is the best chance to re-think the old and move to a new and exciting way forward. A way forward that can be more intuitive and inspirational. Giving that long-awaited work-life scenario the chance to flourish.
8. Creating s a split between work and home.
Employees expect more work-life support by better defining the space between the two. Thoughtful employers are learning that employees need a safe, convenient workspace a few days a week, where they can collaborate, socialise, and be productive – and that lets them return home refreshed and recharged.
9. Stay well-connected
Sure, a lovely place to work is a good perk – but without technology infrastructure to drive productivity with seamless integration, it is just another set of walls. From scheduling meeting spaces to logging hours to the internet that works, tech makes all the difference in a modern workspace – and enables genuine employee autonomy.
10. Stay ahead of the curve
Early adopters of coworking, remote work, and flexible arrangements have long known that choosing where and how they work makes a huge difference in job satisfaction and productivity. Today’s circumstances have brought this movement forward at lightning speed and have created a surge in demand across industries.
Want to implement a hybrid approach to your Workplace? Leading employers are looking to places such as Workplace to provide this solution. Having flexibility and short contracts is the key to business agility, and along with the hospitality a venue like Workplace delivers, this is a win-win situation.
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