Hybrid working is a combination of face-to-face and remote working elements. This allows employees to work both in the office and remotely, depending on their needs and those of the business.
In recent years, the adoption of hybrid work has accelerated dramatically and has become an entrenched practice. Let's take a look at the benefits of hybrid work.
The benefits of hybrid work
This approach offers many benefits such as better productivity, cost reduction, work-life balance...
A major benefit for employees is obviously related to flexibility. According to a survey conducted by Buffer in 2021, 93% of employees prefer to work remotely at least once a week and 81% would like to work remotely at least half the time.
On the employer side, one benefit to focus on is talent retention and recruitment. In fact, according to a 2019 study by Global Workplace Analytics, employers that offer hybrid work options can reduce their turnover rate by 25-30%.
Connected furniture, the key to hybrid work
Connected furniture is a type of office equipment that incorporates connectivity technologies, such as sensors, touch screens, speakers, etc. In the same trend asAgile Working trend, connected furniture allows a room to be used for multiple purposes: meeting rooms with projection, video conferencing, brainstorming, etc.
It is essential for hybrid work and offers additional features that enhance the work experience and facilitate communication and collaboration.
Here are some examples:
Connected office spaces
These are spaces that incorporate connectivity technologies to allow employees to connect and collaborate, whether they are in the office or remotely. These technologies can include communication tools, project management tools, and video conferencing systems to allow employees to connect and collaborate effectively.
Integrated touch screens
These are touch screens that are integrated into furniture, such as meeting tables. They can be used to present slides, share documents or draw diagrams.
These are lights that can be connected to a management system to allow users to control intensity, color, temperature, etc. Connected lighting can also detect presence and movement to save energy.
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The different models of hybrid work
There are different combinations:
- The "balanced" model
Employees spend an equal amount of time in the office and remotely. This may involve, for example, working in the office two days a week and working remotely the other three days.
- The "tilting" model
Employees alternate periods of working in the office and remotely. This may involve, for example, working in the office one week and working remotely the next.
- The "on demand" model
Employees can choose where they want to work based on their needs and the needs of the business. This may involve, for example, working in the office on some days and working remotely on others depending on project requirements.
- The "flexible" model
Employees can choose their own work schedule, as long as they meet the company's attendance and availability requirements. This may involve, for example, starting work early in the morning and finishing earlier in the afternoon.
It is important to note that these templates can be combined and modified according to the needs of the company and the employees.
While hybrid work has many benefits, companies face challenges.
For example, with lower occupancy rates than before, companies are left with empty spaces, which create an unoccupied atmosphere.
If you find yourself in this situation, call on our design teams for a study of your work environment.
We will work with you to define the best strategic approach for a company culture based on flexibility.
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