Why we need a hybrid work environment
Culturally, the corporate office has been the place where office employees work has taken place for more than a hundred years. Only in the last ten years have we noticed the rapid change caused by digitization: Office work is becoming location-independent. Immediately, there is a desire for a right to work from home. In this article, we will show why this misses the actual opportunities that arise from the flexibilization of the working world.
Home Office is cool. Sometimes.
The alternative to going to the company office is usually staying at home. At pandemic times, however, we can witness how much the desire to work at the own home office is depending on the personal, social situation: One person sits comfortably in a spare room, while the other has to pursue his job from the edge of the bed due to a lack of space. As a concept, the home office is a logical consequence of the new possibilities offered to companies by flexible hardware and software - but they bring glaring social differences to light. Anyone who can only sit in a home office will eventually be fed up after two months.
So back to the office after all?
After COVID-19, one option for everyone is to return to commuting to the office every day as they did before the lockdowns. However, a large proportion of employees would then miss out on the time saved by not having to commute to work, instead of staying in the home officefrom now on. Companies should and will enable flexible working in the future. However, it is also in the interest of the company to support the employees as much as possible in order to create maximum efficiency as well as a good working atmosphere. Social differences within a group inevitably lead to envy and dissatisfaction among each other in the long run.
Hybrid working is the solution!
In the end, the best solution will be to let employees decide for themselves where they can work best and when, and to give them tools that allow them to work flexibly from anywhere. The company accounts from independesk are such tool, which enables hybrid working in companies, but also coworking memberships or coworking budgets. Small "neighborhood offices" of large companies themselves can help to get closer to the goal of hybrid workplaces.
Seeing "New Work" as an Opportunity
What started over 100 years ago has been subject to different influences and changes at every time. The only difference is that now, for the first time, the place itself is being questioned, and not just the way it is used (this was the case, for example, when computers moved into the office). In the future, this independence from the place of work will enable companies to understand and design their own office as a "place of corporate culture" and togetherness. They can also downsize spatially and invest instead with the budget saved in flexible working for employees.