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The New Workplace is Here: The Hybrid Workplace

By Lauren Elliott, RID, NCIDQ Kelly Shields, LEED AP

November 2, 2021

The future is hybrid!

Remote work has dramatically shifted the way leaders and organizations are viewing the office.  We have discovered, along with many others, that roughly 50% of the workforce prefers to be in the office 2-3 days per week. This shift is pushing office design towards a hybrid office model.  The hybrid office offers teams and individual flexibility, choice and supports teams both in and out of the office, while maintaining a strong connection to peer and company culture.

Advantages of working from home:

  • Overall increase in productivity
  • Limited distractions
  • Improved work/life balance
  • More ownership and control over one’s schedule
Remote Work
Remote Work
Remote Work

Disadvantages of working from home:

  • Disconnected from peers and company culture
  • Lack of knowledge sharing and training
  • Decrease in collaboration and informal meetings
  • Less social interaction
Remote Work

What does a workplace look like that supports hybrid work?

Remote work has redefined the way we use office space.  The hybrid office allows us to rethink how collaborative and focus spaces are designed.  With a blend of in-person and remote collaboration, we are able to support one-on-one and groups interaction both in and out of the office.

Raytheon ALEC Credit Union
Raytheon ALEC Credit Union

The best hybrid workplaces offer flexibility, choice and variety.

This means fewer owned spaces through the office, and more shared/multi use areas.  This includes an increase in community hubs, conference spaces that cater to a variety of meeting types, dedicated video conference rooms and free address seating.  Integrated technology throughout allows teams to connect in person or remote with ease.  As we shift to the hybrid office, we are able to better support teams and individuals, regardless of their location.

Hybrid Office
Hybrid Office

Curious to learn more about hybrid workplaces, or interested in having our workplace experts present on hybrid workplaces at your office? Reach out to Lauren Elliot (lelliott@designcollaborative.com) or Kelly Shields (kshields@designcollaborative.com) to talk!

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