New research shows more than two-thirds of the workforce feels disconnected or alienated from their fellow colleagues.
Companies need to adapt the office to meet the growing demands and unique needs of a hybrid, always-connected workforce. New office designs would be aimed at teamwork, creativity and fostering connections.
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The pandemic has been an extended experiment for most companies who are trying to manage people working from home.
Instead of making it mandatory to attend the office physically like before, many companies have adopted a hybrid model where one could go to the office once a week and work from home the rest of the days.
This new approach changes the purpose of coming to the office.
Office time can be utilized to do collaborative teamwork and promote interaction. Technology can be used more effectively to allow high-quality video conferencing with team members sitting in remote locations.
The office itself need not be the size it was before the pandemic struck. As more co-working spaces are added, the need for an expansive office is lessened.
During the pandemic, companies had to rethink how to engage employees when they couldn't physically be together.
Now that they bring teams back, not all employees want to return to the way things were. Companies need unique office environments that encourage collaboration for a hybrid workforce. Managers should consider the work personas to create new arrangements.
If and when you return to your office after the pandemic, you'll probably notice some changes.
Most companies embracing remote work also have dedicated headquarters. But remote-ish teams have even more communication and collaboration challenges than fully remote teams.
For example, in hybrid teams, remote employees are often left in the dark. Office workers are often heard, recognized, and promoted, while remote workers are forgotten.
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