How companies are creating successful workplace strategies
in a hybrid world
Employers are dynamically changing their workplace strategies to accommodate a more flexible work environment. Find out how.
Today, employers are rapidly changing their workspaces to meet the increasing demands and emerging realities of the evolving business ecosystem.
Since the onset of the pandemic, physical workplaces for businesses—both large and small— have been hurriedly adapted and reconfigured, with the goal of sustaining successful performance regardless of physical surroundings. Now, more than ever, reimagining work and redesigning the workspace is a significant part of a company’s leadership role and responsibilities.
The state of the workplace today
Companies across a wide variety of industries are adjusting their physical spaces to better reflect the expanding mix of hybrid work models. Today’s modern workplaces are quickly becoming more social, collaborative, readily adaptable and tech-enabled.
At the same time, employers are challenged with striking the right balance when it comes to flexible workplace environments. Many are tasked with determining the best strategy for their companies, finding ways to make their employees happy and deciding how to use or adjust their office spaces when embracing a hybrid work model.
How hybrid workplaces meet employee needs
Executive leadership at all levels in forward-thinking organizations are learning that they can derive significant benefits from actively embracing hybrid workplace models, especially when those workspace improvements are tailored to the express needs and preferences of their employees.
This doesn’t mean working from home is for everyone, though. Seventy-four percent of employees want to return to the office, and 61% crave "real" human interactions in the office. The pandemic has changed the way many workers perform their jobs, whether in the office or remotely from home, but it hasn’t changed the social and cultural elements of work. To meet these varying needs, many employers are focused on creating a clear vision and set of standards when developing their return-to-work strategies.
Equally important, employee work habits and priorities have been undergoing monumental changes as well, particularly in the context of communications, collaboration and social culture.
What to consider when implementing a hybrid workplace policy
Today, work-life balance is now the number one workforce priority, ahead of salary. Plus, 63% of the workforce wants to alternate between different places of work in the future, with an average of three days per week in the office. Insights like these can be helpful to decision-makers when formulating their workplace strategies, as well as deciding how to adapt or adjust their current office spaces.
Some important questions remain for business leaders dealing with these workplace issues: Do the changes you’re contemplating allow your organization to retain its customer-centric and employee-centric culture? Are you taking the extra steps necessary to ensure the well-being of your employees in this new hybrid environment? Most importantly, does the new culture empower and value your people?
As a leader in your own organization, you have the opportunity to create a regenerative workplace that can lead your company’s success in this new, hybrid world.
Are you prepared for the hybrid workplace?
The hybrid work model is being implemented globally, and it’s up to you to create a hybrid workplace that empowers your employees—whether they’re at home or in the office. Download our 2021 Guide to the Hybrid Workplace for more information on how to customize a hybrid work model for your company, key technologies to integrate into your plan and more.