Hybrid working – what does it look like in practice today? Skanska verified

More than 50 percent Polish office workers currently work in a hybrid model. photo: matt hoffman/unsplash

The hybrid work model has stabilized and so has the future of offices.

  • After two years of the coronavirus pandemic, 9 out of 10 Polish office workers think a traditional desk is irreplaceable – according to the latest, fourth edition of a study conducted by research firm Zymetria on behalf of office firm Skanska .
  • Today, more than half of Poles work in the hybrid model, which means almost a double increase compared to May 2021.
  • In addition, the hybrid is also the preferred working model – 70% admitted this. respondents.
  • The study is the next part of the initiative to learn the opinions of office workers on changes in the way they work, as well as their preferences regarding the hybrid model.

More than 50 percent Polish office workers currently work in a hybrid model. It’s about 20pp. more compared to the results of May last year. Among respondents, it’s also consistently the most preferred style – up to 70% would like to work that way. respondents. Year over year, the number of people working only remotely fell twice – by 16%. up to 8 percent

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Working from the office is perceived as more productive and allows you to bond with other employees as well as with the company itself. Even hybrid employees, accustomed to working partially from a location other than the office, perceive remote work as more difficult to organize – up to 80%. of them believe that working from home does not increase their efficiency or help them complete their current tasks more quickly.

Office work week, home work week

The new trend in the organization of hybrid work is also becoming more and more precise, namely the 50/50 format, that is to say a week of work in the office, a week of work at home.

– Analyzing the responses of respondents from four editions of the office worker survey, it can be seen that most of them managed to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of remote work and come to the conclusion that they prefer the combination of working from home and the office today. Importantly, no one questions the legitimacy of working in the office anymore, which was questioned at the start of the pandemic. The office is the foundation of the proper functioning of the company, both in the eyes of employees and employers. We won’t experience significant changes in this area any time soon – comments Ewelina Kałużna, head of the strategic consulting team for jobs at office company Skanska and general manager of flexible spaces at Business Link.

The trend of increasing popularity of hybrid working in Polish companies is evident, so it seems that the key is to understand the most optimal form of a hybrid in specific organizations. This is what employers should focus on, as well as developers creating new jobs and companies advising tenants in this area – adds Ewelina Kałużna.

Ewelina Kałużna, head of the employment strategy consulting team at Skanska office company and general manager of flexible spaces at Business Link

What is a hybrid worker?

According to results from the Zymetria and Skanska surveys, the hybrid employee group is the most satisfied with their current work model – 95% said so. interviewed among them.

Young office workers want to spend less time in the office than their older colleagues. The vast majority of employees, regardless of age, particularly value the opportunity to interact with other people, to build relationships with colleagues, but also to cultivate bonds with the organization in which they work. The office supports this, among other things through common areas.

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The hybrid model becomes even more attractive if the subject has children. Parents expressed particular interest – in the context of childless people – in the work week in the office / week at home model. On the other hand, people without children are more likely to work exclusively from home – they represent up to 20%. in the group of employees who do not visit the office at all.

– The study showed that the quality of the office is important in the decision-making process regarding the workplace. But an office is more than just space. Employees associate an office above all else with a comfortable space in which they like to come. Interestingly, employees who only work from home have positive associations with the office. They perceive the office as a place where they can drink their morning coffee, chat or build relationships. There are also differences in the valuation of the office depending on the age of the employees. Younger people more often say it’s a place they just like to be, but also like to relax. The emotional connection with the office is also stronger among employees in cities with less than 500,000 inhabitants. residents, despite the fact that those in larger cities have better access to first-class buildings – he says Małgorzata Głospartner of the research and analysis company Zymetria, responsible for the study.

Quality and location are always top notch

– Up to 87 percent of office workers say the quality of the office is important to them when choosing a new employer. In addition, almost one in four respondents say that the location of the office can have an impact on their decision to accept or refuse a job offer. In the office, employees feel good and safe, but indicate the possibility of improvement in terms of confidentiality (for example, space for individual work, in focus), or for conversations in which information subject to protection are exchanged. More and more often they also mention rest areas as an important element of office space – emphasizes Ewelina Kałużna.

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The needs of people who spend the whole week in the office and of hybrid employees in the week in the office, one week at home model are different from those who work only one day a week. Being in the office for several days in a row, an employee expects initiatives that are atypical or related to the possibility of rest.

Among the advantages most appreciated by employees in offices, free snacks (35%) are invariably in first place. Massages (31%), innovation and access to new technologies in the office (30%), a separate relaxation area (29%) and the organization of informal integration meetings (28%) are also very appreciated.

Less popular are additional sports-related activities (including watching sports matches together), as well as large top-down meetings with the participation of all company employees.

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