As we welcome employees back to the office this upcoming 2021, there are certain things that working professionals should remember regarding the shift in working culture. From previous blogs we stated that the one thing that we learned from the hiatus is that employees value offices that support flexibility and provide places for social interaction. As managers and colleagues, it is important to understand the importance of these aspects and why people are returning to the office. This blog will briefly summarise the reasons why employees will prefer hybrid workplaces compared to the traditional office model.
Working in the office today is all about the experience. Offices of the future will not only be a building where employees do their work and assignments. Instead, it will also become an area where colleagues can have a decent conversation and exchange their day-to-day experience. It's a more “relaxed” and employee friendly environment. These spaces directly reflect the new working culture, which is more informal that allows employees to relax in the sofas after lunch or enjoy their cup of coffees during mid-day. Thus, office buildings will be designed to be more employee-centric to maximise their working experience.
By customising the office to be more beneficial for employees by suiting it according to their needs, the building also becomes a symbol of the organisation’s culture. It shows how the company is innovative, up-to-date with the latest working trend, and cares for their employees.
As companies are becoming more tech-savvy, workplace solutions can be implemented to enhance employees’ experience on-site.
With that said, offices will be more hybrid where there will be more spaces for different usages. Other than areas for employees to work (computers, desks, meeting rooms), there will also be areas for leisure, including more coffee bars, lounges, or even game rooms with foosballs and billiards. We can already see this campus-esque environment at offices in giant startups like Google and Facebook.
In essence, hybrid offices will be implemented to benefit employees at the end of the day. It will provide a place where they can balance work productivity but also have a place to socialise and take a step-back from work. After the pandemic, employees return to office so they can balance their work-life activities. Thus, companies should help them achieve this goal. After all, they are the backbone of the organisation.