What was hardly imaginable or widespread two years ago is now indispensable: the home office has established itself as an integral part of the new working world.
Alternating with on-site work in the office, the hybrid working model is propagated as the future of the working world. Many surveys and studies have since addressed the topic of hybrid work, including the study “Digital Work Index – How ready is Germany for digital working?”. Advantages are seen here above all in productivity and work-life balance (see study, page 7). However, the new model does not only bring advantages. Major challenges arise, for example, in areas such as onboarding, the coordination effort for managers and corporate culture.
Although the coffee kitchen has never been a hotbed of creativity and innovative approaches to solutions have rarely emerged when going to the canteen together, the proximity and personal exchange with colleagues is generally greatly missed. The challenge now will be to bring together the best of both worlds.
Our experience shows that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to this issue. It is important that the employees are involved in the decision on the new working arrangements, because your teams are made up of people who all have individual needs and demands on their work.