The work dynamic has seen many changes since the beginning of the pandemic and with it, jobseekers have changed their expectations of what their employers and their workplaces should offer them. While salary, health insurance and time off used to be some of the most common benefits employees looked for when applying for jobs, flexibility and hybrid work are now some of their top priorities. Fortunately, companies are embracing the shift towards hybrid workplaces and taking the necessary measures to accommodate their employees’ needs. Here is what flexible workplaces look like in the future of work and what jobseekers are expecting from their employers.
Bringing their workforce back to the office is one of the main priorities for employers and considering how to do so efficiently is extremely important. Flexibility is one of the best way to ensure that employees adapt to this change. After working remotely for the past two years, many are hesitant to return to the office and give up the comfortable and safe work environment they have made for themselves. In fact, according to a study conducted by Bankrate Job Seeker, 55% of jobseekers responded that they find flexible working hours and remote work to be more important now than before the pandemic.
Even for those that wish to return to the office, none of them want to entirely give up remote work. This is why hybrid work is the solution for many companies to best accommodate their employees’ needs. For jobseekers, being able to choose when, where and for how long they want to work is extremely important. With a hybrid work model, companies can offer employees the options of working remotely or from an office whenever they choose, without forcing them to pick one or the other. This flexibility provides employees with the ability to continue to get their work done in an environment that best suits them.
One of the best ways to incorporate hybrid work into the workplace is office hoteling. Through office hoteling software, like the one provided by Yardi Corom, office users can choose what type of workstation, whether a desk, conference room or private office, they want to use and when they want to use it. Similar to a hotel reservation, they can book a service ahead of time or on the day of, check-in and use it for as long as they need.
This solution is also beneficial for corporate occupiers, as they can modify their leased office spaces to accommodate both short- and long-term users and provide them with the necessary tools to be productive. This also helps with occupancy rates. While many offices continue to remain empty for the most part, adapting workplaces to hybrid work allows owners and landlords to fill those spaces with users that want to come in for a day or two a week, which helps increase occupancy. Companies can optimize their spaces to focus on a particular area of the office and with it reduce overall utility costs. Also, focusing on a particular area of the office rather the entire space can help ensure that it offers everything employees might need.
For the employees that choose to embrace hybrid work, having access to the necessary tools and resources to be efficient and productive while working from the office is essential. One of the things employees and users returning to the office expect to find is high-end technology. This includes everything from pre-pandemic standards like computers, conference rooms with video capabilities and elevators to touchless technologies like sensor activated soap dispensers, remote access control and online booking services. These amenities will ensure they can complete their work as efficiently and productively as possible, in optimal conditions. Advanced technology solutions like occupancy management software can help companies ensure that their spaces are used efficiently and best accommodate their users.
While remote work is not something employees are willing to give up, returning to the office is increasing in appeal, though under a different dynamic than before the pandemic. In addition, jobseekers are looking at the future of work with different expectations. With priorities focused on flexibility, hybrid work and a top user experience supported by high-end technology and unique resources, companies must ensure that they can adapt and deliver.
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