Hybrid workspaces - those that are not strictly framed in the context of either the home or office - have become common in the last year, but will also continue to strengthen their presence in many people's day-to-day lives in the future.
From airports, cafes and restaurants, hotel lobbies, waiting rooms, co-working spaces and commercial establishments, these hybrid workspaces offer a new way of working, thanks to new technologies and agile work methodologies.
According to a study carried out by Actiu, hybrid workspaces are here to stay, and will continue to grow after the COVID-19 pandemic, . To be specific, that is the opinion of 81.4% of those surveyed. Only 11.7% of those surveyed consider that it is a temporary arrangement. In fact, 73% of those surveyed affirm that hybrid workspaces are already a trend - and a reality.
Amongst other changes, 2020 introduced substantial changes in the environment where many people previously did their work. The Home Office was set up in many homes, while other professionals began to do their work in a mixture of environments, such as combining office-based work and remote work, as affirmed by 40.7% of respondents.
28.4% of participants have worked in these hybrid workspaces, stating that they are very comfortable. Another 20.1% state that they have not yet had the opportunity to do so, 18.3% say that they do not have any hybrid workspace nearby, 17.1% do not think that it is practical and 11.4% state that they are not interested in this arrangement.
An essential element to be able to work comfortably regardless of where you are - with the permission of technology - is, undoubtedly, the furniture. Ergonomic, comfortable and professional furniture that supports the body and ensures correct posture throughout working hours, avoiding all the physical ailments that comes with using inadequate improvised elements.
When asked specifically about the importance of this furniture, the task chair took first place in the responses, followed by the movable or standing desk - which allows the user to alternate standing and sitting whilst working. Other elements mentioned by respondents included a fixed work table, a mobile filing cabinet and a relaxing or reading armchair.
This data reveals that working in a hybrid manner is an option that is now open to many people. The technologies and the adaptation of these hybrid workspaces to the needs of the tasks will allow people to work wherever the circumstances dictate. Reading a document, writing a report or answering emails can be done comfortably from many spaces. But there is no doubt that collaborative and creative roles, involving sharing ideas and the development of team projects will require a shared environment in an office.
Corporate spaces in companies are therefore becoming a strategic tool to retain and excite the team. In this sense, the values and philosophy of the brand should be conveyed through the physical space, which should also reflect the company's own digital culture.
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