Tailor hybrid work to suit your people & organization
While many look forward to safely returning to an office, 88% of workers prefer full-or part-time remote work arrangements. A hybrid work model gives people varying degrees of flexibility to choose where, when, and how they perform their job duties. The office will remain an irreplaceable tool for providing employees with a social purpose.
- Over half of workers (61%) report missing ‘real’ human interactions the most while working remotely. This feeling is even stronger among workers living alone (70%), and those over 50 years old (73%).
- 73% of workers want to work from places that offer a destination for human connection, while also securing a safe and healthy lifestyle
The model that works for your organization must be tailored based on industry, location, regulations, and worker activity and preferences.
Plan for an equitable, phased return to the office
Every return-to-office plan will be unique. The goal is to bring people back, then keep them returning, safely and successfully over the long term.
- Identify who, why, where, and how people will return, prioritizing those who benefit most from on-site work and in-person collaboration
- Provide equitable accommodations for circumstances that may limit a person’s ability to return—including reliance on public transportation, child and senior care, disabilities, and health concerns
- Deliver a frictionless experience as people transition between the office and remote
- Phase your return to office plan to reduce disruption and buy time to implement learnings
Eliminate silos to drive performance
The successful transition to hybrid work will be an enormous transformation requiring input, support, and resources from every team. While the challenge to support work-from-home overnight was an enormous cross-functional effort, teams have become increasingly siloed after a year of remote work. Gartner reports that 41% of workers feel less connected to colleagues while 26% feel more isolated when working remotely.
Implement solutions to improve safety & productivity
People will return to shared spaces when they feel it is safe and beneficial to do so. Delivering on this promise will require workplace change. New technologies and processes will need to be deployed to:
- Mitigate the risk of airborne and surface transmission; communicate these measures and protocols to build trust and drive compliance
- Continuously monitor foot traffic, density, interactivity, and sentiment; create always-on space optimization to improve the workplace experience
- Enable productive, seamless interactions and collaboration between in-office and remote colleagues
- Create more efficient and effective workplaces by implementing transformative technologies that enhance human performance
Why hybrid workplace pilots are taking off
Companies are launching pilot programs to try new ways of working in an effort to learn what works best before investing in new workplace concepts across their entire real estate portfolios.
FAQ: Answers to the most common questions about re-entry
As you plan to return to the office, we have answered 75 of the most common questions to help your organization get prepared.