As Summer is upon us and the vaccine rollout continues to be a success, chances are many of your employees are ready to get back into the office, at least a few days per week.
According to an article posted by BBC, more than 37 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The government plans to vaccinate the rest of the adult population in age order, another 21 million people, by the end of July.
However, are you ready for your employees to return? And more importantly, are your employees ready to return to the office full-time? The ‘workplace’, in general, needs to continue to adapt to meet the needs of employees. With many employees thriving from and enjoying working remotely, and some not yet vaccinated -- there had never been a better time to introduce a hybrid-workplace model.
So, what is a hybrid-workplace model? An article by WeWork describes it as an environment that combines the aspects of remote working and in-office working. In a typical hybrid-workplace, some or all employees have the freedom to choose where and when they work, dividing their time between working from home and working from a central office. It’s really a win-win situation.
How a hybrid environment operates is different for everyone, but can include a handful of employees who are permanently on-site, or teams that operate on schedules, swapping in and out on a schedule. A hybrid-team might be almost entirely remote, with employees turning up to face-to-face meetings here and there, or alternatively, it could be almost entirely office-based, with just a handful of employees working remotely on schedules that suit their needs best.
Let’s start by carefully considering what you and your team need from the office. What is your biggest priority? Perhaps a key need for you and your team is to have a place where you can once again work together, in-person. For others, it may simply be having a designated space, away from the home office, to plug-in and get to work.
Ultimately, the answer to the above will be different for everyone. Employees have different wants and needs and the workplace is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
For example, parents who are currently WFH with kids shuffling in the background may want a space, 1-2 days per week, where they can leave the distractions behind closed-doors at a local hospitality venue or coworking space for a few hours. On the other days that week, the in-office setting to meet and collaborate with other employees could be hugely beneficial.
Whatever your priority is, becoming a hybrid-centric company can help level out your team's wants and needs.
Well before the pandemic hit us last year, employees increasingly valued flexibility. According to research by Capability Jane, 9 out of 10 employees identify flexibility as a top-priority when looking for a new job. The way we think about ‘work’ and the attitude to get it done is constantly evolving.
Ultimately, in a hybrid-workplace, the benefits of flex sit alongside the benefits of having a physical office space. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated an existing trend, proving that a distributed workforce is indeed possible. The time is now to give your team the best of both worlds with a hybrid setup.
At WorkClub, our network of hundreds of bookable workspaces and meeting rooms is expanding across London and the rest of the UK, enabling you and your team to work from where you work best, on days where you are not in-office.