The pandemic has changed many fundamental patterns of our lives. This includes how we learn, shop, dress and, of course, how we work. As the global workforce went remote in early 2020, many companies found themselves learning and predicting how they can offer a better work experience than what they did before the pandemic. With some of us yearning to go back into the office and others loving the WFH life, the opinion about how and where businesses should operate is divided. So what does this mean for the modern workplace? Below we discuss four valuable trends shaping the future of work and what they mean for your business.
1. Hybrid Work Culture
While most of us expect to work in the office most of the time, we also expect a greater sense of flexibility from our workplaces. According to a study conducted by Steelcase, 63% of employers did not see a need to change policies in April 2020. This number changed drastically in September 2020 when 87% of these employers said they would allow more flexibility about where, how and when people work.
A hybrid work culture is a nuanced model of adapting to this change. It is an arrangement where employees split their time between working remotely and working in the office. For example, a hybrid workplace can have an arrangement of 2 core office days and 3 remote-working days. This model expects employees to come to the office for meetings and collaboration while giving them the flexibility and time to work on projects independently at home.
This culture will also involve setting up a solid IT foundation, implementing a perk system that is not location-specific and maintaining constant communication.
2. Workplace Safety
From small start-ups to giant corporations, the question of how to adapt to the changing needs of the business post-Covid seems to be surfacing. Companies looking to bring their teams back will need to put a lot of thought into creating a safe workplace. From creating zones using Perspex Screens to using easy to clean furniture, there are many moving pieces businesses will have to think about.
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3. Flexible Workspaces
Stemming from #1 of Hybrid Culture, the future of work will see a decrease in rigid office designs. Companies are slowly moving towards flexible workspaces that they can access whenever they want to; Office spaces that have the power to transform into collaborative spaces when needed and silent working spaces when required. And with the rotation of terms, the number of desks and chairs will further decrease.
Offices will have to adapt to become places that employees want to go to. It should be equipped with attractive amenities and designs that inspire productivity. Such offices will see many agile layouts like break-out spaces designed for collaboration as opposed to traditional office setups with office desks and cubes.
Even though Covid-19 may be the most discussed topic in the past year or so, climate change is not far behind. There have been many discussions and concerns regarding the environmental initiatives of businesses in the past decade. A survey of 1000 employees by Swytch shows that over 70% of employees (especially millennials and Gen Z) are more likely to work for a company that has a strong sustainability culture. As a result, businesses will be expected to consider their environmental impact and work actively to create a greener workspace.
With the positive impact of remote work on the environment, many individuals are choosing this eco-friendly route. Not going into the office every day and minimising commute will definitely be a key workplace trend for the coming year.