Companies are at a crossroads as we enter the latter half of the year. Many are considering whether they should continue operating remotely, or begin making the transition back into the office.
What has become abundantly clear is that remote working will have some sort of role to play for the future of work. However, businesses will need to confront the downsides of this work arrangement that have been highlighted over the last few months.
That is why organizations should consider adopting a hybrid approach that supports both at-home and in-office work arrangements. But what does that mean for the office itself?
For starters, large headquarters will need to focus on offering more flexible arrangements for employees coming into the office only two or three days a week. Additionally, desks will need to be spaced appropriately to accommodate distancing needs, while sanitation practices will have to be increased.
Companies who do not have a large central office may turn to coworking spaces outside of big cities to support workers who want to come into a workspace, and keep them from using public transit.
Technology has played a key role in the transition to remote working, and it won’t stop there. Not only can organizations continue using video conferencing and collaboration software, but they could also invest in touchless technology to ensure that the workspace is as clean and safe as possible.