Because of the pandemic, the past year has been a whirlwind as many people’s lives have been turned upside down. Many workers have transitioned to a remote workstyle and proven they can successfully complete their jobs from home, so many employers are now considering permanent changes to the traditional 9 to 5, in-person office environment. Research and data have found it appears likely many companies will adopt a hybrid work model moving forward, where employees can split their time between home and the office. While employees have grown accustomed to the flexibility provided by working remotely, the overwhelming majority do want to return to the office in some capacity once it is safe to do so. For more specifics, you can read about Smartway2’s return to work survey by clicking here. One reason why employees want to get back into the office is the need to socialize with coworkers. While technology has enabled a smooth transition for meetings and communication, there is no replacement for face-to-face interaction and general camaraderie in an office. In fact, some research has shown that social interaction is one of the things people miss most about not going into the office.
Smartway2 enables organizations to take a data-driven approach to change by providing insights into how spaces, desks and other facilities are being used. To find out more request a demo with one of our experts.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
- 45% Social connections
- 44% Human contact in general
- 42% Clear work/home separation
- 41% Face-to-face meetings
- 35% Lunch with coworkers
- 35% Collaborating in person
- 35% Casual run-ins with others
- 33% My workspace
- 32% Office banter
- 31% Learning from others
People miss their co-workers
Hybrid- the wave of the future
- Public health – Barco explains that hybrid work environments help to keep employees safe when it comes to catching and spreading COVID-19. When people do go back to work, the office is less populated and social distancing policies must be enacted. While improving sanitary working conditions has become a heightened focus during the pandemic, public health benefits of hybrid work are also relevant for when the common cold, flu or any other virus is prevalent among employees.
- Productivity – Barco cites hybrid work environments as enabling companies to share technology with employees remotely that they usually only provide within the office. This equips employees with on-demand technology access when they need it so they can accomplish work remotely rather than in the office.
- Collaboration – By re-introducing some office work into the equation, employees are naturally able to get the social interaction they crave and foster collaboration that has been difficult during the pandemic while most people have worked remotely.
- Work-Life Balance – Being able to pick and choose work environments can help to relieve stress. Barco writes, “There is time for focused work, decision-making, intense meeting and following seminars, but also for spending time with family, helping the kids with homework, walking the dog or taking that yoga class.”
- Save Time – Hybrid work means people can reduce commuting times by setting a schedule based on what works for their individual circumstances rather than relying on a conventional 9-5 approach.
Making the most of in-office time
- Search for your ideal desk using advanced filters.
- Use our ‘book here and now’ feature to locate a desk nearby.
- Pre-book your desk on-the-move via our mobile app.
Smartway2 is a workplace experience that boosts productivity, collaboration and space utilization, by enabling employees to book everything they need to do their best work, from conference rooms and desks to parking, AV equipment or a catered lunch.