Unsurprisingly, many companies are still struggling to find the balance between in-office and hybrid work models. But, one of the more significant obstacles is figuring out what to do with an office space that is no longer necessary when most of its employees are working from home. The other hurdle is keeping employees engaged while providing different work models.
Many companies have downsized their buildings to better fit the number of employees in the office. The challenge is that those larger office spaces are not necessarily as desirable. Those who are leasing these larger spaces are challenged with the task of figuring out how to make them more appealing. Some have opted to redesign them into apartments instead of office spaces. While this solution has helped, only some vacant office spaces have the ability to be transformed into a liveable space.
Other companies have started to rethink their office design completely. They are looking towards a solution that appeals more to hybrid workers to entice them back into the office. For example, some companies have incorporated collaboration spaces instead of solely desks. Incorporating an indoor/outdoor area has also been a design solution that can diversify the environment more. One employee may feel more productive at a desk, while another prefers a more relaxing space.
Companies are trying to think less traditionally and more about what will benefit their employees the most. This will continue to be challenging, but understanding that everyone has different needs is a step in the right direction. Companies will continue to evolve as they learn what is most important for their employees.