Will a Hybrid Workforce Model Work for Your Business?

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? This article by JOE GALVIN explores both the pros and cons of going hybrid.

 

Will a Hybrid Workforce Model Work for Your Business?
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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.

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“WE’RE NOT GOING BACK”: THE POST-CRISIS WORKPLACE IS HYBRID

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.

 

The future is hybrid. Yet, the hybrid approach will need a ‘tech wrapper’ to enable a better employee experience.
  • 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. 

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The 2021 State of Remote Work

While remote work is not new it has gained a lot of attention in the past year as a result of COVID-19. We would like to share some top insights and data from one of the largest remote work reports.

 

The 2021 State of Remote Work report was put together by and published in Buffer. Here we share the full report with detailed findings and insights.

 

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.

 

This report starts with an overview of a few key statistics and then moves into deeper insights from the data. At the end of this report, we have more information about the respondents and data, as well as how to get in touch if you have questions.

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Co-working spaces poised for comeback as businesses adopt hybrid office model

Many industry players are expecting demand for flexible office space to increase after the COVID-19 pandemic. This bodes well for co-working space operators especially after a challenging year of lockdowns and work from homes.

 

With people returning to work and organizations adopting a hybrid work policy co-working spaces are poised for a comeback. This article by  provides a quick preview of where co-working spaces are headed.

 

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The Bat Haus Coworking and Event Space in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Shridhar Gupta photo)

Co-working spaces, like many other businesses, were caught flat-footed by the drastic drop in activity when the pandemic hit last year.

 

Almost overnight, people worldwide fled shared offices to work from the safety of their homes. The drastic drop in customers forced some co-working centers to close, while others had to rapidly adapt their offering to weather the coronavirus storm.

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Redesigning the Post-Pandemic Workplace

Work as we know it is forever changed by COVID-19. Now is the time for managers to envision the office that employees will return to.

 

This joint research piece by  sheds light on how organizations should rethink, reinvent and redesign the post-pandemic workplace for their returning workforce.

 

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The world has experienced widespread disruption over the past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the successful development and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, the timeline for when the so-called next normal will arrive is clearer. Leaders should begin to take steps to consider what the workplace will look like when it arrives.

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Long live remote work: Why the global workplace is forever changed

How has the workplace changed with remote work?

 

This article by 

 

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Once office workers at French carmaker Groupe PSA return after the country’s coronavirus lockdown is over, they’ll find that 85 percent of office space is now or is in the process of being converted to meeting areas.

 

In fact, most of the 40,000 worldwide office workers at the company better known as Peugeot will find there won’t enough desks for them to come in every day. Continue reading “Long live remote work: Why the global workplace is forever changed”

Tips to Avoid the Nightmare Before Your Halloween Event at Work

Coworking spaces aren’t just meeting rooms for hire or desk rentals for you to plug your laptop into and work in isolation. It has been established that what makes shared workspaces special is the community it builds and the collaboration that develops within that community.

 

One of the ways to establish a coworking community is by providing areas where they can mingle or work together, such as relatively relaxed living room-style spaces or cafeterias with big tables where bigger groups of people can sit together.

 

Another is by hosting a variety of events such as those that help members develop new skills or improve on existing ones, meet-ups with potential partners, clients or investors, and even the occasional party that gives everyone an opportunity to relax and have informal engagements with each other.

 

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TEDx Talks: Co-Working Ideas Worth Spreading

You probably have watched at least one TED Talk video on YouTube or on the TED Talks website. If you have never heard about TED, it is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design (get it?) converged, and a whole spectrum of topics — from science to business to global issues.

 

 

Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe. Click here to learn more about TEDx.

 

We’ve collected some of the more recent (and not so old but still very relevant) TEDx Talks  featuring ideas about co-working, the independent worker, remote working, and the future of workspaces for your viewing pleasure.

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Essential Tools for Co-Working

 

No matter what line of work you are in, your skills, intelligence, talent, or even luck may not be always enough to help you succeed or reach your goal in a short amount of time.

 

There will always be a need for tools — whether hardware or software — that will help you manage the little things more efficiently and effectively, so you will have more time to deal with the big things and do what you do best.

 

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Co-work to Connect, Collaborate and be part of a Community

Still not convinced why you should pay to rent a desk to get work done when you can just go to the public library and access Wi-fi for free or to your favourite coffee shop in your neighborhood?

 

 

Well, you are never guaranteed that you’ll get good seats in a coffee shop that are right next to a power outlet. Yes, a library would be a great place that is quiet to let you focus on your work, but then that is all you get. Continue reading “Co-work to Connect, Collaborate and be part of a Community”