The workforce is currently at a crossroads as organizations consider whether it is worth bringing employees back into the office or to continue operating remotely.
While many analysts have written off in-person work environments for the foreseeable future, it is abundantly clear that humans miss social connections.
So how does an organization continue to reap the benefits of both remote working policies and face-to-face interactions?
Offering a hybrid of both work arrangements could be the solution. This allows employees to have access to office amenities when necessary, while working from home when they need to.
One of the main differences to emerge from this will be how the office is designed. Prior to the pandemic, workspaces were being filled to the brim with shared amenities like snack bars, yoga classes and more. From now on, we’ll see “pro-working spaces” that offer the workplace necessities that emphasize productivity and security.
“You don’t need to buy a printer or scanner, you don’t need to worry about your daily Starbucks [they have awesome cold brew on tap], you can have happy hour meetings with a great view [they have beer on tap as well], and you don’t have to be tied down to a long-term lease,” said Nicholas Troxel, managing partner of law firm Troxel Fitch, LLC. “You get to come in and know that you will have a safe and comfortable space to maximize your focus and therefore your earnings.”