Your office design and furniture need to reflect and support the way in which your company works. At Flow Office, we’re experienced at finding the optimal solution for your clients. We keep abreast of changes to working practices and help you adapt. We listen to your needs, then we seamlessly plan, build and install the office furniture, delivering your vision on time and on budget.
From hot desk office furniture to office booths and pods, we work with you to ensure your particular needs are met. Increasingly, our clients are looking to adapt their office space for hybrid working. Let’s explore this in a bit more detail.
So What is Hybrid Working?
Hybrid working combines traditional office-based working practices with home and decentralised working, perhaps making use of co-working spaces. Employees may be in the office most of the time or may only visit the office once or twice a year. They may move through periods when their working lives are more office-based, and other periods when they work at a distance. This might reflect changes in their own lives, or it could be that they’re working on different projects or have different roles.
Certain teams may come into the office once a week, and work at a distance the rest of the week. Clients meetings may take place in the office, or employer appraisals. There may be a social aspect to the office, that brings a dispersed workforce together at various times for a combination of training and mutual support.
Hybrid working is a flexible approach that can evolve to meet the needs of the company and its employees over time.
Hybrid Working Goes Mainstream
The hybrid working model has been around for some time but until recently it was largely limited to certain professions and particular companies. The Covid-19 pandemic changed this, with companies being forced to quickly adapt to a hybrid model and manage workforces in a different way.
Organisations have been quick to realise that hybrid working provides a degree of flexibility and can help to bolster organisational resilience. Companies that already provided some degree of hybrid working were able to quickly adapt and scale up at the beginning of the pandemic.
For employees, it offers a more flexible way of working, allowing them to work at a distance and better balance work and home life. As an employer, it may also allow you to access a wide potential pool of new recruits who no longer need to live within easy commuting distance of your workplace.
How Do You Create a Hybrid Working Office?
The hybrid office will, by necessity, be very different from the traditional approach and it will usually, but not always, be a more relaxed and informal environment. It’s no longer the place where everyone who works for the company is based but instead becomes the ‘social anchor’ for a flexible and dispersed workforce.
This kind of office will require a different design layout from the traditional office to which most people will attend every day. A hybrid office may incorporate project tables, hot desk office furniture, office booths and pods. It may even feature resimercial furniture that combines both residential and commercial aspects, bringing home comforts into the office.