We don’t have to tell you that the pandemic changed everything — including our expectations for what it means to work “in an office.”
Here at Jobvite, we’ve kept a close eye on the rapidly changing world of office spaces and remote working. We know that job seekers are keeping an eye on it, too.
Top prospective employees are in high demand and over 40% of the workforce is looking to change jobs this year. Talented job seekers will be looking for companies that can navigate the complexities of a hybrid environment to keep the flexibility of remote work.
Companies need to be poised to provide the workplace environment that people are empowered and can be their best selves. That’s where Jobvite can help. Our talent acquisition software lets you find and hire the best candidates quickly and efficiently, giving them hiring and onboarding experiences they’ll never forget.
Let’s look at the future of remote working and office environments and explore the top trends in the new hybrid office model.
The future is hybrid – and we’re not talking about cars
After COVID-19 shut down much of the world in March of 2020, a considerable percentage of the workforce moved into a home office. By May, a third of the workforce was still working remotely.
Many workers learned that they preferred remote work for many reasons, and weren’t looking to ever go back. A survey in January 2021 found that 83% of employers felt that the shift to remote work had been successful. Now, many employees who can work from home want to continue doing so.
At the same time, many other employees are eager to return to an office at some point. They may not want to go back to a “five days in the office” model, but many workers miss certain aspects of office environments.
The solution? The hybrid office.
To learn more about what job seekers want in a post-pandemic world, see our most recent Job Seeker Nation Report.
The path forward for employers
So, how can companies stay competitive in this new hybrid environment? Here are the top ways companies need to be nimble and prepare for changes in the coming years.
Employers need to embrace new technologies that can enable a seamless integration of remote and in-office work. We already lived in a digital world, but the pandemic pushed the needle on virtual workplace tech.
Here are some of the top ideas for tech innovations for the hybrid office.
The idea of a digital HQ is to record every communication, process, project, and meeting in one centralized place. Most workplaces use products like Slack, Asana, or Monday to streamline communication. But a Digital HQ will do even more.
Companies should document in-person meetings and communication in some way in this space. A Digital HQ would then seamlessly integrate employee communications and projects no matter where they are. Employees can pick up a project they started in the office when they’re back at home and vice versa.
For remote talent acquisition jobs, Jobvite provides a Digital HQ for recruiters to find precisely the talent they need for small talent acquisition jobs. A Digital HQ makes companies more scalable and efficient and prioritizes staying connected.
A conference call is no longer going to cut it. If half the workforce is working remotely on any given day, there needs to be a way to stage meetings so that remote and in-person workers can interact on an even playing field.
In-office conference rooms will need tech such as video conferencing that can cater to these changing needs. Zoom and other video conferencing need to be integrated into the day-to-day operations permanently. For example, Jobvite already has a seamless integration with Zoom as well as in app video screening to help hiring managers conduct interviews safely and remotely.
Instead of bringing new people in, you can safely vet them remotely with a fully-integrated system for recruitment and hiring.
We may never move back to 100% occupied office spaces – or not the way we think of it now. Offices will likely be designed to create more distance between people, and many companies plan to have their employees in-office on a rotating schedule.
To manage these schedules, monitor the number of people in buildings, and ensure public health, companies will need to look for spaces that provide safety-focused technology.
The office as a social hub & training center
In a hybrid model, employers need to think carefully about the purpose of different kinds of work.
Office buildings offer something that remote work can’t: face-to-face interaction. With that in mind, companies need to consider which types of projects and tasks are maximized by in-person work and which ones are better done alone.
- Remote working should prioritize high-focus work – tasks that can be done individually with minimal distractions.
- Offices should prioritize collaborative projects, company culture, and social bonding.
- Offices are also an ideal space for training new employees and conducting professional development training. Some things are best learned in person, by observation, and in group settings.
Flexible & part-time spaces
Finally, employers should be thinking creatively about more flexible spaces.
While headquarters are an anchor for social interaction and company culture, you may have employees grouped farther away from your HQ. For companies that have employees spread across the country or the globe, renting part-time or flexible workspaces may be an ideal way to help those employees get the face-to-face time they need.
Jobvite can help with building a hybrid culture
For employers and recruiters who work remotely, having the right tools and the right plan makes all the difference. Jobvite aims to provide the tools that recruiters and employers need to find top talent in an ever-changing environment. Contact us today for a product demo.