The hybrid work model has been gaining a lot of attention and the popular consensus is that most organizations will incorporate some kind of work flexibility for the returning workforce. Therefore the hybrid workplace model will be widely adopted by most companies post pandemic.
This article by Jo Meunier (née Disney), AllWork’s Senior Editor for the UK and Europe shares useful insights into the benefits and expectations of companies going hybrid.
A survey by IDC carried out in August 2020 found that before the Covid-19 pandemic, 8.4% of people in the US worked from home full or part-time, and in the post-crisis future, that figure is expected to be 15.8%
Because flexible work has proven to be highly beneficial, the future will incorporate hybrid work.
A hybrid approach combines the benefits of working from home with the core reasons we use offices.
In the early aughts, when tech companies were booming, we were shown their workplaces and it looked like nothing compared to the “traditional” offices in the 80’s and 90’s with the endless gray cubicles. These offices, with its open plan concept and jean-wearing employees, looked so ideal that everyone wanted to work for these companies. These places made it seem like actual work is fun.
For a while, it became the dream office design. Managers are not secluded in their offices and are now approachable. The open office seemed like the perfect solution for collaboration and camaraderie amongst employees. It takes away the formality of interacting with a coworker when you can easily reach them rather than having to knock on doors. Plus, it is a whole lot cheaper to build.
However, if you have read any of the articles about open office spaces in the last few months, it seems it is all just myth after all.