Don’t you hate when people say, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”? Well… why not! Why not have the best of both worlds, so to speak, when it comes to how and where you work? A hybrid workplace combines the most advantageous factors of both traditional and remote approaches. The result? When done effectively, the answer is increased productivity, higher levels of job satisfaction, increased engagement, and performance that positively impacts the bottom line.
What do we see when it comes to the future of the hybrid work environment?
What is Hybrid Work?
A hybrid work environment combines the characteristics of remote work and an in-office experience. Employers approach the hybrid model differently; for example, some employees come into the office every other day and work remotely the others. Some come in one week and work at home the next. Some do whatever they need to complete the task at hand!
Optimally, team members flex between the two environments without impacting productivity. In fact, when done well, there is an increase in productivity. One of the biggest attractions here is that a hybrid workplace provides both employers and employees with the flexibility they need to meet their goals. For an employer, this may be containing costs and retaining valuable employees. For workers, it may be better to manage the work/life balance.
A funny thing happens on the way to the office, too. When people have the flexibility to work remotely, the workplace becomes an experience. That is, it can become something people look forward to going to and end up enjoying. What a thought: enjoying going into the office! They tend to anticipate seeing colleagues, collaborating, and chatting. Then… hey look forward to a day or two of peace and quiet! It’s a cycle that breeds exceptional results.
What’s Next in the Hybrid Work Environment?
Well, soon we won’t call it a “hybrid workplace.” We’ll just call it a “workplace.” Millions of Americans work remotely at least some of the time – and more want to. Over half of folks who were sent home as a result of the pandemic, for example, want to stay there! Expect to see hybrid models becoming not only more prominent but the norm for many industries.
What will this look like?
Ideally, a hybrid workplace is:
- Aware of Employee Needs. If employers are wondering about moving to or staying with a hybrid model, the best step is to consult with their teams. Ask your people how they do their best work, what they need to feel supported, and whether a hybrid model will accommodate them – and contribute to their best work.
- Equitable. The hybrid workplace must be equitable to employees. You cannot enact policies or institute practices (whether intentional or not) that favor one individual or group over another. For example, it is poor form to prioritize the needs of those who work in the office over those who work from home or to exclude remote folks from conversations and communications. Make sure your model is, above all, fair.
- Set up for Success. Do your people have the tools and support they need to engage with both an in-person and remote workplace? What can you do to ensure they stay connected both in terms of technology and communications?
- Conductive to Culture. Who are you? What is your company identity? What is your brand? How do you want to be known? And, critically, how does a hybrid model play into this? Be sure to take steps to nurture your culture: how can you connect remote and in-person workers? As an employee, what can you do to connect?
How Officeshare Companies Help Build the Hybrid Workplace
Officeshare companies benefit both companies and employees. By utilizing hybrid work environments, they empower employers to realize significant cost efficiencies and secure “plug and play” spaces for their people, as needed. For employees, shared office space provides a welcome change from working at home or at the corner coffee shop.
Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too. Contact Office Evolution in Westshore, Tampa or Downtown Tampa – Harbour Island to find out how our solutions can make your hybrid workplace a thriving hub of productivity, engagement, and results.