Many companies have long been wary of remote working arrangements due to the misconception that it can hurt productivity levels and morale. Now, as the world enters the next phase of working after months of working from home, organizations may be rethinking their strategies.
Some businesses are going forward with a fully remote workforce and leaving behind many of their office spaces. While society as a whole recognizes that remote working does hold numerous benefits, abandoning physical workspaces altogether can have a detrimental impact to a company’s culture, technology and branding.
Instead of ridding of headquarters altogether, companies should look into adopting a hybrid approach that takes advantage of the perks of both remote and in-office working.
Without having a physical office, connections with colleagues can take a big hit. Those regular interactions with coworkers are essential to supporting overall culture and collaboration.
With hybrid working, employees can maintain a healthy balance between home and life, while nurturing relationships with their colleagues.
In order to fully implement a hybrid work strategy, organizations need the technology and workplace accommodations that makes both working from home and in the office a seamless process.
For instance, open plan workspaces will no longer be ideal in a post-pandemic society. Now, companies will need to rearrange their spaces to emphasize distancing, privacy and cleanliness.
Having a hybrid workplace helps nurture a culture that values collaboration, as well as the wellness of employees.