The pandemic has changed the workplaces forever. The traditional office-first mindset is being gently pushed out as employees look for a better work-life balance. Enter the hybrid work model. This flexible model of working has many different forms and can be leveraged for businesses of various sizes in diverse fields. It can be adopted to fit an online business, a start-up, or even well-established company with multiple physical offices. Read on to learn about hybrid work models and how shared office spaces can be leveraged to create productive and efficient work environments.

What is a Hybrid Work Model?

Hybrid work models combine the best of both in-office and remote work models. They give employees the flexibility to work from home for a few days a week and be in office for the remainder. According to Brian Kropp, chief of research in the Gartner HR practice, “Employers are focused on providing employees more flexibility than ever before, creating a shared purpose and building deeper connections with employees.” He continues stating that “The organizations that get this right will have a more engaged workforce, greater employee retention and better ability to attract the best talent.” This gives companies a huge impetus for adopting a hybrid work model.

Surprisingly, employees like coming to office too. Multiple studies have found that a majority of employees prefer a hybrid work model over fully remote work, reports an article in the Forbes Magazine. It allows employees to build connections in ways that can only be done in-person – whether it’s forming mentor-mentee relationships or growing professional networks.

There is No One-Size-Fits-All

Flexibility lies at the heart of the hybrid model. This means that there are plenty of different ways to go about setting up a hybrid work model. 

  • Remote or Office First Models: These hybrid models are exactly as they sound. Companies can choose whether employees spend most of their time working from home or in office. For example, a remote first hybrid model could have employees coming into office for one day a week and working from home for the remainder.
  • Flexible Work Model: This model allows employees to choose when to work from home and when they want to come into office. One drawback of this system is coordinating in-person meetings with employees can get difficult as employees prefer coming into office on different days of the week.
  • Fixed Hybrid Models: This model has the company deciding which days of the week it requires employees to be in office. This can be a company-wide policy or vary by team, i.e., where different teams at scheduled to be on-site on different days of the week.
  • Mixed Hybrid Models: Hybrid models can also be a mixture of the models mentioned above. 

Hybrid Work Models Help Save on Office Space

Hybrid work models mean that established businesses no longer need the huge office spaces they used to in order to accommodate their employees. Smaller office spaces equal savings on overheads. According to a whitepaper by Global Workplace Analytics, U.S. employers can save up to  $10,767 per employee by switching to hybrid work models. For a start-up, this can mean the savings can go toward building the business. 

How Shared Office Spaces Can Help with Hybrid Models

Shared office spaces can be an excellent solution for companies looking to implement a hybrid work model. They do not require you to commit to a long-term lease while still providing a professional and social environment in which your employees can work. In fact, many businesses with hybrid work models offer their employees options to subscribe to a co-working space for days that they want a more professional work environment than their home office. 

Another way, your business can use a shared office space could be to lease a few private offices and have additional employees use hot desks on days when you need multiple teams to come in to work together. Days like these can provide employees from different teams to connect with each other and collaborate on projects. 

Additionally, shared office spaces offer all the amenities you need including access to high-speed internet, printers, meeting rooms, and kitchenettes without the overheads involved in setting them up.

Shared Office Spaces at the Westlund Building

The Westlund Building offers 80 private office spaces full of natural light to create an energetic and productive workspace along with plenty of hot chairs. Centrally located, it makes getting to work a breeze.

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