Let’s take a look at how it was, what has changed, and what we can expect in the future.
What did the working model look like in your company a few years ago?
Until about three years ago, most companies worked only from the office and according to fixed working hours. Communication and cooperation on projects took place mostly within the office or in-person meetings, to which employees were used to traveling halfway across the country. Digital technology was certainly not as prominent as it is today, and video conferencing and virtual collaboration were the exceptions rather than the rule. We can probably agree that there was much more work with paper documents and tasks were more or less handled manually. So we can say that a few years ago the working model was more focused on on-site work and less on flexibility and online collaboration.
How has the way of working changed?
There have been significant changes due to the pandemic. To minimize the risk of spreading the disease, people started to work more from home, giving them the first experience of a flexible working environment and more choices. The new regime proved to be beneficial and many companies decided to continue this trend after the pandemic.
How will the work model continue to change?
It is likely to be very intense in the coming years. Employers will have to adapt to the new demands of their employees, who will want more flexibility and more freedom in planning their duties. One trend that is likely to develop is the so-called hybrid work model, which combines working from the office and from home. Employees will be able to decide when and where to work, which will be used to optimize productivity and improve work-life balance. This will allow companies to reduce the cost of running their offices.
However, the new regime will require more organization and communication in and out of the workplace. To do this, people will need good and clear tools.
As an example, a desk reservation system prevents workplace chaos caused by irregular employee attendance. Desk booking allows employees to secure the most suitable seat, and also avoids potential overcrowding in the office. It also allows employers to optimize the use of office space and reduce rent, energy, and other operating costs.
In the context of change, soft skills such as teamwork, communication, and adaptability will also increase in importance. Companies will be looking for employees who are able to work in different environments and situations, and who are adaptable and open to new challenges.
Overall, we can expect the way we work to continue to evolve. People will be able to be more flexible and adapt to changes depending on where they need to work from. It’s up to companies to create a work environment that supports employees and allows them to achieve work-life balance. With the new hybrid work model and the use of smart tools to manage and book office space, companies can successfully achieve this vision.
In the future, there will be many changes that both employees and employers will have to adapt to. So don’t rest on your laurels and start using the right tools to help you adapt!
You can start now, for example by using the Ofisly app for desk bookings.
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