The hybrid work model is the current trend in the labor sector. In other words, the presence in the workspaces is combined with teleworking some days of the week. This is something that the pandemic caused by COVID-19 caused, and it will settle throughout 2023, becoming the star model of work.
This working model advocates flexibility, collaboration, and sustainability, which are the characteristics that the workspaces will present throughout 2023.
What is clear is that the workplace has changed during the pandemic. Said workspace has changed drastically from the total teleworking modality for the positions that allowed it to implement a hybrid model in most companies.
But it is true that even today, there are many doubts about this new reality. But what is clear is that flexibility is here to stay. Although mass vaccination is indeed working to prevent collapse, the truth is that the new coronavirus strains will still mark 2023.
This will lead to changes in the workspace. But what will those modifications be? Below we are going to detail some of the changes that workspaces are going to experience throughout 2023.
Establishment of the hybrid model in workspaces
In recent months, many companies have returned to the office, combining 2 or 3 days in person with 2 or 3 days of teleworking. All the employees have adapted to this new work model, which is the current trend. It provides more flexibility and better day organizing based on individualized, collaborative work or concentration.
Open spaces for collaboration
The vast majority of jobs require collaboration between different team members. This stimulates innovation, improves productivity, and increases employee satisfaction. Collaborative teams work together to brainstorm new ideas, complete ambitious projects, and meet their goals.
Everyone in a collaborative team accomplishes more by working together than they could. As a study by Steelcase titled “Hybrid Workspace Collaboration” has detailed, the workplace plays a crucial role in facilitating this modality. The workspaces have solutions that expand, contract, and adapt to the type of work to be carried out, favoring the success of team collaboration.
Flexibility both inside and outside the workspaces
Before the pandemic caused by COVID-19 began, only some organizations offered their employees the possibility of choosing the space based on the work they had to do or their personal preferences.
But, progressively, we have been verifying how these fixed spaces were becoming more flexible to be chosen by their workers according to their needs. This trend of flexibility in the workspace provides more facilities for adaptation, depending on the type of work to be done, especially in project work where there are no closed teams.
Offices, therefore, need to be flexible, avoiding physical obstacles for employees and thus allowing the space to adapt to whatever may arise. This flexibility requires adapting existing spaces, such as expandable and collapsible rooms, that make it easy for groups to adapt. In addition, having a flexible workspace favors the company’s adaptation to the hybrid model with teleworking and the incorporation of new people into the workforce, among other situations.
Sustainability in the workplace
The importance of sustainability in the workspace can also be highlighted. It is about reducing the number of resources used and discarded. Using natural elements in the office that favor being more sustainable is also necessary.
This trend will be marked by introducing new sustainable materials, interior spaces with more natural light, and office locations in green areas with easy access by public transport and also by scooters or bicycles, two of the most popular means of transport at the moment. In addition, sustainability at work also includes the well-being of employees and, therefore, the introduction of rest and leisure areas.
Digitization of workspaces
The beginnings of the pandemic were marked by forced teleworking. This was thanks to the possibilities offered by technology and new digital tools. Although the digitization of companies dates back a long time to the pandemic, the truth is that it is increasingly difficult to conceive of working without digital tools.
Adapting the workspace towards digitization entails designing spaces considering the camera, how the screens are used, and how good lighting influences it. It is also essential to have the right technology that moves sound in space correctly, such as background noise cancellation, especially when there are employees in the office and others working from home.
And in your company, how have the workspaces adapted after the pandemic? Has teleworking been promoted more since the pandemic caused by COVID-19 broke out worldwide and changed countless aspects of our lives, including the work environment?