Flexible hybrid work gives employees the autonomy to choose when and where they work, allowing for a more dynamic work schedule. While they may have to be in-office for a certain number of days or hours, they have the freedom to choose how they structure their workweek or day. Office spaces therefore need to be more adaptable to support a diverse range of work preferences.
Office design considerations for flexible hybrid work include:
a) Activity-Based Workspaces: Creating a variety of work environments within the office helps cater to different tasks and work styles. Designing spaces for focused work, collaboration, brainstorming, and relaxation allows employees to choose the setting that best suits their needs at any given time.
b) Hot Desking and Shared Spaces: While employees may not have assigned workstations, implementing hot desking (where they can reserve a desk) or creating a variety of different spaces, such as office pods for focused work, or areas for team meetings, allows them to choose a workspace that suits their preferences and promotes flexibility within the office environment.
c) Technology-enabled Mobility: Providing employees with portable devices such as laptops, tablets, and wireless connectivity enables them to move between different work areas with ease. Wireless charging stations, easily accessible power outlets and video conferencing tools throughout the office space are therefore essential to supporting the mobile work nature of flexible hybrid models.