We’ve previously looked at the way the world is moving towards a more hybrid approach to working and how the options available at Highstone Business Centre lends itself well to this new approach, with options of flexible office solutions as well as shared office spaces. The following article was published on instantoffices.com and looks at the benefits of hybrid working…
Defining the hybrid model
Hybrid working incorporates a mix of remote work and in-office work. Employees may have the opportunity to choose when they will come into the office and work from home (or another location). However, many businesses are still defining what this looks like and how they will implement it.
Hybrid models vary from one company to the next, depending on the size of the business and the needs of the employees. There is no one “correct” hybrid structure for a company to follow, but these are a few of the more popular models:
Office-First, Remote Allowed
This model allows for occasional remote working but focuses on the office as the primary place of work. The company may also have a few individuals who work remotely or in other time zones, while most of the workforce is local and based in-office.
This model is popular among businesses that are cautious about allowing remote working or those not wanting to lose money on unused office space. It requires employees to come into the office a few times a week for collaborative work while working remotely on solo tasks.
This is a helpful model for businesses with employees across multiple locations and time zones. The company’s operations are similar to a fully remote company, but they keep an office as a location for employees to work from. Communication is mainly done online, but they will still expect employees to come into the office if a task or meeting requires them to be physically present.
What do we use the workplace for now?
At 54%, most employees say they’d like to keep working remotely after the pandemic ends. If this is the case, what is the office even for anymore?
Despite favouring remote work, 6 in 10 people say it sometimes makes them feel disconnected from their coworkers. Providing office space for occasions like team meetings and collaboration is ideal for solving this.
According to our 2022 Workplace Predictions, 83% of businesses say informal collaboration is one of the most critical types of space to have within their offices in the future, with many planning on changing the way they use the space they have.
The benefits of hybrid working
Employees and employers alike can benefit from a hybrid working model. The key advantages of hybrid working include:
- Improved flexibility
- More motivated, empowered employees
- Improved productivity
- Increased attraction and retention of talent
- Better work-life balance and improved mental health
You can read the full article on instantoffices.com.
At Highstone House, we move with the times to ensure you are able to access the right flexibility to suit how your business works. We know that business is fluid and do not believe offering a one size fits all solution. Contact us today to find out more about our flexible serviced office solutions.