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As people worldwide prepare to return to the office following the pandemic, our clients are looking at how they can attract and retain the best talent. New policies and procedures for the hybrid workplace and improved technology have made it easier for employees to stay connected and informed.

 

The workplace must adapt to accommodate the needs of today’s employees, who expect more from their work environment. It must also evolve to support the exchange of ideas and connect with the community.

 

There is no single-size-fits-all approach to creating a better work environment, so we created a list of tools and techniques that help organizations implement effective strategies.

 

Understand the differences in workplace models

As companies look to expand their square footage, they are also facing a new challenge in finding a balance between their desire to maintain a physical office environment and their employees’ need for more collaborative work. While some companies are currently implementing a new strategy for assigned seating, others are evaluating their current setup and planning for the future.

 

According to a recent study, over half of the workers prefer a hybrid workplace model, which includes a mix of traditional and virtual work. As a result, many companies are implementing new features such as remote and in-person work to improve their employee engagement and boost productivity.

 

You can also lean toward a choice-based approach, which allows employees to determine where and when they’re most productive. This method could mean either going back to the office for two or three days a week or having full control over their schedule.

 

A schedule-based approach is also commonly used to create a more collaborative work environment. It allows employees to coordinate their time with the leadership quarterly or monthly. This method allows teams to build and strengthen their social connections.

 

The right tools and technology can help a hybrid workplace establish a more flexible and effective environment. Wisp, our space management software, supports various features that help organizations develop and implement a more flexible work strategy.

 

Rethink the role of the workplace

As the workplace undergoes a radical transformation, we can work with our clients to redefine what it is and where work takes place. In urban settings, we are seeing the potential for working from anywhere. This is why it’s important that we incorporate more flexible areas into our workplace models.

 

We are also working with our clients to identify the various types of spaces that can accommodate their unique needs. These include collaboration hubs, activity-based working areas, and R&D spaces.

 

Providing employees with more control over their work environment is also a key component of a more flexible work strategy.

 

Take stock of your space metrics

The number of employees in an organization has drastically changed over the past two years. While some companies have decreased their number of employees, others have added thousands of new workers. To determine the optimal work environment, it’s important to analyze key metrics such as seat count and the overall number of people.

 

The importance of analyzing space and occupancy data is also a vital part of any organization’s planning process. Having a comprehensive understanding of these factors can help determine the optimal work environment.


These are just a few ways to keep your employees connected and informed in their workplace post-pandemic.