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Hybrid Workspace

An Introduction to the Workspace of the Future

Hybrid Workspaces
Where Physical and Digital Converge

Hybrid Working requires a new way of thinking about the workplace. Workplace strategy is critical determinant of the success or failure of any Hybrid Work initiative.

Although most organisations that have survived the pandemic have unavoidably adapted in some way, sustaining a Hybrid Workspace Model requires a far-thinking vision that goes beyond basic work-from-home provisions.

Hybrid Workspaces must provide a point of convergence between the office and home. They must synchronise office, home and remote work environments and – as far as possible – minimise the experience gap between them.

Building a Blueprint

For Your Hybrid Workspace

The most challenging aspect of preparing the Hybrid Workspace is letting go of the ways of working associated with the ‘old normal’. Hybrid Working requires a new way of looking at the office.

You need to engage and survey your people. From this you can understand both their behaviour and expectations, audit the changes required and establish what is acceptable for you and your team.

Parts of the office may require updating or refitting. You may only need meeting rooms and hot desks rather than multiple rooms with banks of workstation desks. Digital transformation may also play its part. Investment in technology will reduce other overheads.

This process of change must be seen a positive. As an opportunity to save costs, improve efficiency, and make employees happier, healthier and ultimately more productive.

Focus on People and Natural Working

Employee experience should be at the center of any Hybrid Workspace structure. Too often, improperly implemented workplace strategies have come at the cost of human connectivity and culture.

Hybrid Working cannot be effective if increased flexibility comes at the cost of stifled creativity, frustrated collaboration, and poor people performance.

It is vital to support natural ways of working irrespective of location. Remote workers cannot become sidelined. Nor can the office become ‘the place’ for collaboration and innovation.

Only by merging your digital and physical spaces can your hybrid workspace flourish.

An understanding of the communication and collaboration processes – and the differences between them – is critical to achieving synchronisation.


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