The metaverse is one of those topics that people in all industries are talking about. It is a fusion of technologies that spawn an enduring virtual reality (VR) infrastructure that anyone will be able to access from anywhere on earth to interact, play, work, and shop. Even though it is only in its infancy, the metaverse is already impacting the coworking space industry by creating new hybrid physiverse/metaverse business models that allow coworking space providers to take advantage of this emerging trend. As it becomes what it is meant to be, the metaverse will offer even more opportunities for those businesses that are ready and that invested in the proper technology early on.
Another weird year of work almost in the books. What kind of workplace trends can we anticipate in 2022?
Things will be different, that’s for sure. Many trends will be carved out of the changes the pandemic forced us all to make.
Others will reflect both employers’ and employees’ desire to get back to normal – even if it’s a new normal.
Here are the top six workplace trends HR pros will want to prepare for as we turn the calendar year.
In 1964, the RAND Corporation predicted that we would be breeding intelligent apes to perform manual labor by 2020. In 1959, the US postmaster general predicted that today’s mail would be sent by rockets (email turned out to be a more cost-effective option). In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that continued economic growth over the course of the coming century would reduce the workweek to 15 hours. Nikola Tesla echoed this sentiment in 1935, when he predicted that robots would replace most human labor in the next hundred years.
Studies have shown that return-to-office is creating tremendous mental stress on workers. What is causing this stress and what concerns should companies address in their return-to-office policy?
Roughly 1 in 3 workers back in the workplace said the return-to-office shift negatively impacted their mental health, according to a June McKinsey survey of 1,602 employed people.
Workers who experienced declines in their mental health were five times more likely to report taking on reduced responsibility at work. Meanwhile, another 1 in 3 workers said going back to an office had a positive impact on their mental health, with the primary benefit being they feel more engaged upon their return.
What is a ‘third space’ venue? Can this further accelerate remote working and work from anywhere? How can companies embrace ‘third space’ as part of hybrid working?
- ‘Third space’ working offers a creative alternative to the home or office environment.
- Restaurants, hotels and private clubs have found new revenue streams by hosting remote working sessions.
- 90% of companies anticipate a hybrid working approach, post-pandemic.
As many companies move towards a hybrid operating model where employees are split between office and home, a third way of working is growing increasingly popular.
Co-working has been evolving even before the pandemic. So how will co-working take shape post-pandemic?
More importantly how will co-working fit into the future of work as workers return to office and also with the increasing adoption of hybrid work?
After being in the co-working office space sector for close to 10 years, I’ve seen it change immensely during that time. It started with a few early adopters and is now much more mainstream as a new way of working.
As the first glances of a post-pandemic world creep into view, one of the biggest questions remains around how we will all be working in the future. The pandemic forced many to work from home, who were confronted with a whole wave of both challenges and benefits. Undoubtedly, the world of work has been permanently changed, with flexible work arrangements now much more feasible.
It is quite clear by now that most companies will not be able to get their employees back at the office full time. Therefore hybrid work is likely the best compromise for both employers and employees.
How can companies implement hybrid work successfully?
Here are some tips for a smooth implementation.
It seems almost every leader and almost every organization are planning for the great return—getting people back to the office on a more regular basis. We know the future of work will be hybrid, with the vast majority of people working from both the office and from their homes. But beyond that, there is a lot of uncertainty and honestly, plenty of room for error.
As co-working returns from the pandemic it is taking on a more important role than before especially in the new normal. With workers returning to the office co-working is playing a big role in engaging the community and providing a platform for collaboration.
The pandemic has challenged our society and fundamentally upended its social construct. While its impact may last long with social distancing, lockdowns, and resulting economic fallout becoming the new norms, we do have the resilience to pull through these tough times.