Daily work changed considerably at the start of the coronavirus pandemic for many people who work in offices. Most have set up a workspace at home, where they collaborate with their colleagues digitally. But how will the office look in the future? Will people continue to work from home after the pandemic, or will there be an increasingly hybrid form of working? Where will we work in the future, and what new office concepts will meet the flexible and modern needs of the working world?
Hybrid working is changing the culture of the workplace
It is possible that many companies will introduce a mixed model, known as “hybrid working.” This means that people will work in the office a few days a week and work from home the other days. For companies, this will result in a new workplace culture that will have an impact on future office environments in buildings.
And this trend will also play an important role during the construction of new office properties. With a modern workspace design, hybrid working can combine the advantages of working from home with those of working in the office.
These are the advantages and disadvantages of working from home
The advantages of remote work have been made clear by the experiences during the pandemic:
- Greater concentration
- No commuting
- Better compatibility of private and professional life
- Flexible structuring of daily activities
But even before the coronavirus pandemic, many companies relied on their employees’ personal responsibility – and allowed them to work where they wanted, for example, using mobile devices, cloud solutions and MS Office 365.
However, after a year of working almost exclusively from home, disadvantages have also become apparent. Many miss the opportunity to engage directly with coworkers, customers, or service providers, to collaborate on creative solutions, to network, and to experience and develop the company’s culture. Furthermore, working from home can also increase the risk of social imbalance. Those who earn more and can, for example, afford a comfortable living situation may work more productively from home than people with a lower income living in cramped conditions.
Completely eliminating the office is therefore not an option for many. Now the job is to leverage the best of both forms of work for our collective success. Many companies intend to establish a hybrid work model in the future that combines in-person and remote work.