Insights and Recommendations
Most respondents foresee being in the office randomly based on their schedule. This will pose coordination challenges for teams and managers and for cross-generation mentorship/learning in the office. How will we support the much-needed spontaneous learning and collaboration that occurs in the office? Consider ways to encourage employees of all ages to be present in the office at the same time by offering free lunch, bring in guest speakers, and schedule in-person team meetings in the office occasionally. Make your workplace an “experience”. Design creative zones, private huddle spaces for productivity and communal gathering space that bring life and energy to enhance the culture of your organization!
People WILL still work from home while others work in the office, you must ensure your workplace is set up to support this hybrid workforce. It should be a human-centric experience that starts at home and extends to the office. This experience needs to blend the physical and virtual, ensures connections with colleagues and company culture, provides space for inspiration, mentoring, creativity, and innovation.
The first step to get there is to assess your in-office technology: make sure it is up to date and that most rooms include integrated technology with cameras, speakers, and microphones. In the event you need to equip a room, choose systems that are easy to use, plug and play with the ability to seamlessly connect to mobile devices. Next look at your workplace layout and furniture. Is it flexible, can it easily be reconfigured?