Current industry research has suggested that post-COVID, most employees will prefer a mix of office-based and remote-working, primarily for the flexibility and balance it will provide for their work-life balance. For them, what they need is a workplace that can adapt quickly to individual requirements; offering facilities for both those who work from home, as well as those in the office. This is what is known as the 'Hybrid Office'.
But how can a business go about creating one? Here, we'll be taking a look at what the industry has to say about post-COVID working styles, as well as offer an example of how a hybrid office works.
The rise of the hybrid office
The has suggested that hybrid working will become the new normal, with employees citing business leaders being 'out of touch' with their needs through the adoption of working styles that leaves the workforce exhausted, risks innovation, shrinks networks and generally stunts productivity.
IBM has also released a research report, titled '' which is a look at life after the COVID-19 vaccine is widely distributed. It points to vaccinated people having the confidence to travel more and engaging in group social activities (albeit at a lesser level pre-pandemic).
Surveying office workers, the report identified that 62% of the respondents wanted to retain their current WFH arrangements – 44% of those wanting to do so after they receive the first vaccine, while 35% wanted to move to the Hybrid model.