How is the office still relevant in the age of flexible work? Despite the rise in remote work, studies have shown that most workers do not want to work from home all the time. Most would still want to work from the office a few times a week. So what are the primary drivers for workers returning to the office?
Gensler’s 2020 Workplace Survey found that only 12% of workers want to work from home all the time.
Why do employees want to go back to the office? For in-person meetings, socializing, and impromptu face-to-face collaboration.
But it’s also about health, as too much time spent working from home is putting additional strain on work/life separation, leading to stress and burnout.
By now, it’s clear that the office isn’t going away. And yet, with the rise in remote work and an increasing number of companies adopting hybrid work models, it is just as clear that the role of the office has evolved and the workplace is not likely to ever operate the same as it did prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
The pandemic has created a now widely adopted work-from-home culture. However as offices start opening to welcome back their employees organizations have to rethink what workers can continue to work from home and who should be back at the office.
The decision on which jobs are heading back to the office and which can stay home will vary widely depending on nature of the job and the industry. So what type of jobs in which industry will stay home or move back to the office?
America’s vaccine rollout is happening faster than expected, with the general population now eligible to get their shot this week instead of in May or June, as originally anticipated. In turn, some office workers in the United States are going back to the office sooner than we thought. When they return and how often they’re expected to be at their desks, however, could vary widely.
And as the return to the office picks up, the extent to which American office workers are allowed to continue working from home — which the vast majority of them have done during the pandemic — stands to affect everything from their satisfaction at work to where they are able to live.
Hybrid work has been gaining a lot of attention and adoption. Is this just a hype or is there a business case for going hybrid?
What business benefits can hybrid work models offer to organizations?
A new report highlights the business benefits of flexible and remote work, which includes billions of dollars in cost savings.
Most employees don’t want to work remotely or from the office full-time; the majority of workers prefer a hybrid approach.
This comes from five key areas: productivity, real estate costs, reduced absenteeism, business continuity, and reduced staff turnover.
A recent report by Global Workplace Analytics and Design Public Group (DPG) found that “employers could collectively save over $500B a year — roughly equal to the GDP of Sweden, Belgium, or Poland—or almost $11k for each employee who works at home half of the time.”
After a year of remote work and work from home it is anticipated most companies will adopt a more flexible or hybrid work policy as the workforce starts returning to the office post pandemic.
The key question is will the hybrid work model work for every business? What are the pros and cons of going hybrid?
Today we are living in a largely separated world, connected by technology. While we moved to a work-from-home model in the spring out of necessity, many employees have become used to working from home and its many conveniences. Gen Y and Millennial workers no longer see work-from-home as a perk, rather it’s become a requirement. The relentless demand for talent will now make work-from-home a competitive and differentiating feature.
Although leaders have discovered that remote work can be just as productive, many have also noticed that it has some shortcomings. Balancing the company and employee needs has left CEOs with hard decisions about how we will work moving forward.
We share this article which lays out 5 key themes that will shape the future of work.
The post-COVID era will be shaped more definitively by technology than any other force in the global theatre today.
The way people work and interact with their workplaces and the way companies operate will see tremendous changes.
We can group them under five core themes: work from anywhere; work for all; work at will; work smarter; and work for planet.
It is very important for all of us to understand that the new normal, or next normal in the post-COVID era will be shaped more definitively by technology than any other force in the global theatre today. Every aspect of our lives, from wellbeing to work, and everything else in between, will be massively disrupted in the coming years, thanks to technology.
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.
But what are the benefits for 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.
Does working from home actually work?
Like everything, it depends on who you ask. It depends on their circumstances, their home setup, their job role, their individual personality, and whether or not they have noisy kids.
While remote work is not new it has gained a lot of attention in the past year as a result of COVID-19.
We share here top insights and data from one of the largest remote work reports – The 2021 State of Remote Work report – put together by Buffer.
This past year, everything changed in the world of remote work.
Remote work went from a niche decision some companies made to an inevitable and massive shift in the way that people work around the world. While working from home doesn’t offer the same benefits of truly remote work, it is still a remote experience.
As a result of this shift, the 2021 State of Remote Work looks very different this year. To start, our survey asked very different questions. We still looked into the benefits and struggles of remote work, and whether or not people wanted to keep working remotely (even if they were pushed into it rather suddenly). We also found out how many of our respondents worked remotely as a result of COVID-19, and how their experiences differ from folks who worked remotely prior to 2020.
With the rollout of vaccination accelerating and COVID-19 restrictions easing offices worldwide are getting ready to welcome back the workforce.
Especially for shared flexible workspace operators one key area of concern is how can their coworking spaces safely reopen to members. This article offers useful tips and safety measures coworking space operators can implement before welcoming their members back to their workplace.
Operators are working to make their spaces safer as people begin to head back to the workplace.
Before people can safely and comfortably return to their workspace, some changes will need to be made.
These steps offer guidance on how to reopen your flexible workspace safely.
Around the world, businesses are starting to slowly reopen and welcome people back into the workplace. As governments continue to lift lockdowns and restrictions, organizations across industries are still figuring out ways in which they can safely reopen their workplaces.