Create the Ultimate Hybrid Office Space

Updated 15/10/2023

Is hybrid working here to stay? The answer is an emphatic yes! Most employees are in favour of the hybrid work approach, with a combination of working in the office and remotely. Searches for remote job positions are also increasing. This reflects the changes that have come about due to the last 2-3 years when many employees had to work from home.

Employers are starting to listen to their employees and are looking for ways to create a hybrid work environment. Organisations are searching for hybrid office designs that work for them and their employees.

 

What is Hybrid Office Design?

Hybrid office design is the style of office design that integrates working in the office with remote working. This is not a new concept; however, the past 2-3 years have brought the hybrid workplace into more focus than ever before. With the hybrid office, employees are able to smoothly move between working at the office and from home. But hybrid office design must utilise different solutions than offices of the past, including:

  • Technology to book meeting rooms & private spaces
  • Flexible/modular office furniture that serves more than one purpose
  • WiFi-enabled spaces for connecting employees working from home
  • Creating collaborative spaces and private/quiet spaces for work

But how can a business create a workspace that supports its employees and their wellbeing? The way to accomplish this is to create comfortable work environments, facilitate tasks, and maximise the time employees spend in the workspace.

We’ve put together a list of furniture that can help create a comfortable, attractive hybrid work environment for your employees.

 

Desk Space

Creating a hybrid work environment could mean a reduction in the number of desks needed for employees. However, it’s essential to provide spaces where people can sit and work in a traditional way, even when they’re in the office for a short time. For this reason, it’s essential to provide a working surface with enough space to work and a supportive, ergonomic office chair. Employees also need power sockets to power their devices.

Modular workstations, traditional conference tables, and more can be used to create a hybrid workspace. It’s also possible to use a combination of these different desks to ensure employees have a comfortable place to work, one that fits their work style.

It’s also possible to install table dividers on a large work surface to create individual workstations. This may be a great option if you’re looking to create a hot desking area in your hybrid office.

 

Screen Dividers

Another way to creatively and attractively break up space in the office is to use screen dividers. Screen dividers (also called room dividers) can be moved as much or as little as you prefer. Dividers are available in a wide range of colours and textures. Some also have acoustic properties, can be used as whiteboards, pinboards, and more.

Screen dividers can help create different work “zones” in your office. For instance, it’s possible to set off a space for meetings & collaborative efforts. A set of acoustic screen dividers could also be used to create a quiet zone for employees who need to focus on their work.

The screen dividers can also add an attractive, colourful touch to any hybrid office or work environment.

 

Social Spaces

Creating social spaces for employees is also a great way to invite them back to the office. Many employees have found it lonely and challenging to work remotely most of the time. So, they headed back to the office. After all, technology makes it possible to have virtual meetings, but nothing is like sitting across a table with your colleague for a face-to-face meeting.

In addition, real vs. virtual connections also foster productivity and creativity. So, how can a company create social places for its employees?

First, you’ll need to understand the definition of a social space. A social space is where employees can socialise and relax. This may be a room, a dedicated corner with comfortable seating, and more. It’s something like a traditional breakroom and a breakout space. So, a social space needs to be comfortable and inviting.

If you’re looking for a way to create a completely relaxed space, why not consider using bean bag chairs as part of the furnishings? They make social spaces fun and comfortable. Bean bags also come in a wide range of shapes and colours. What a fun way to create a social space!

Another idea is to create a social reading room. This is a space that’s perfect for reading and discussing what’s been read. The space can be formal or informal, depending on your company’s culture. The space can also be used for collaboration and include a whiteboard, acoustic screens, and more.

Finally, a breakout space can also be set up to look like a diner or tea room! It’s all about your company culture and what your employees prefer.

 

Quiet Spaces

Creating hot desk spaces is extremely popular in a hybrid office; however, that’s not the right solution for all employees. Remember to consider employees who need a quiet place where they can focus on their tasks. It’s essential to create quiet spaces for these employees.

It’s necessary to create spaces where employees can take calls, write reports, and more. Some solutions may include soundproof work pods. These are small rooms that have space for a desk and a chair. They also include power sockets and connectivity so employees can get their work done. The pods can be used for video or phone calls, working without distractions, and more. The pods include ventilation systems and have plenty of lighting.

Phone booths are similar to work pods but may be slightly smaller. The phone pod offers a soundproof space where employees can make and take phone calls. There’s only enough space to sit or stand, though some phone pods do provide space for a desk and chair.

Finally, to keep collaborative efforts quiet, there are meeting pods. Meeting pods are privacy spaces that are larger than the work pod. These pods have room for a meeting table and chairs for 2-6 people (or more—depending on your needs). These are also ventilated, well-lit, and have the necessary power sockets, connectivity, and more for productive meetings.

 

Summing It Up

These are some ideas on how you can create a hybrid office that draws employees back into the office. Before making major changes in the office, it’s always a good idea to check with employees to see what they need or want in the office environment.

With employee insight and the tips in this article, you can easily set up a hybrid working environment in your office space.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I choose the right location for my hybrid office space?

Select a quiet and well-lit area in your home, away from distractions.

What furniture is essential for an ergonomic workspace?

An ergonomic chair, sit-stand desk, and adjustable monitor stand are essential.

How do I stay organized in my hybrid office?

Use storage solutions, both physical and digital, and establish a daily routine.

Is natural light important for a workspace?

Yes, natural light reduces eye strain and enhances the overall atmosphere.

Can I personalize my workspace without it becoming cluttered?

Yes, by carefully choosing decor and keeping it minimal.

What technology tools are necessary for a hybrid office?

A high-resolution webcam, noise-canceling headphones, and cloud storage are essential.

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