The demand for a hybrid work model among all generations is greater than what companies offer them
Only 18% of Czechs regularly use alternating work from home and office. Access to working from home varies significantly between different age groups. "The offer of the hybrid model most often attracts young people. Among employees under the age of 35, 61% of respondents want to use it," says Adam Zvada, CEO and founder of Scott.Weber Workspace, based on the survey results. Workers in the age category of 54-65 years, on the other hand, are rather reserved on this issue. Half of them prefer to work exclusively in offices, only 41% of them showed interest in a home office, i.e. a quarter less than in the case of younger people.
Alternating work from home and office is more common among employees of medium-sized and large companies, especially in Prague, South Moravia and Hradec Králové region. While in Prague and Brno every third employee works from home, in the Zlín Region there are only 9% of them, and even only 6% in the Liberecký Region. On the contrary, residents of the South Bohemian and Karlovy Vary regions prefer commuting to the office, where more than half of the employees work this way.
The hybrid model changes office interiors
The pandemic accelerated the process when even companies operating in seemingly traditional and conservative fields understood that the role of offices has changed and their employees have different requirements for the work environment. Therefore, they began to introduce the so-called hybrid work model, i.e. a certain combination of home office and office work. "From our experience, we know that employees generally prefer a middle ground when it comes to working from home or in the office. The hybrid model allows them to choose between working at home or in the office as needed and to take full advantage of the benefits that each environment brings," comments Zvada.
This trend is also confirmed by the data. The survey shows that the possibility of working from home is currently offered by 39% of all employers, of which every fifth also plans to further expand its scope. Another 7% are preparing for implementation. Conversely, 12% do not plan to offer a home office and 39% of employers claim that this form of work is not possible in their field.
Flexible offices respond to changes in the working environment
Experience from recent years shows that despite the high popularity of working from home, employees have not resented working in offices. Working from home cannot replace certain aspects of the modern office environment. The reasons for coming to the office differ between individual employees. While some are attracted by the opportunity to meet colleagues and socialize, others will appreciate a quiet environment with top-notch technology for a change, where they can fully devote themselves to work. The flexible office model responds to these requirements, which can offer companies tailor-made spaces exactly according to the needs of their employees. But it also brings benefits to the companies themselves.
"For traditional offices, companies have contracts for 5, 7 and even 10 years. During that time, they can only change the settings to a limited extent, but this is often time-consuming and too expensive. Conversely, flexible offices allow the premises to be enlarged or reduced according to current needs. OfficeRnD CEO Miro Miroslavov estimates that a flexible model can represent up to 40% cost savings for companies," says Zvada, adding that flexibility also lies in the fact that the space is tailored to companies. Not only in terms of design, but also furniture, ICT and cyber security. Thanks to this, companies save hundreds of thousands to millions on the initial investment.
Scott.Weber Workspace is expanding
Scott.Weber Workspace, which is the largest provider of flexible offices and coworking, is also responding to the increased interest. The thirteenth center will open in Libni. The new Dock location will have a total of 350 office spaces and event spaces or private terraces. Scott.Weber will provide an extraordinary number of relaxation zones in the Dock. It will also offer clients a bistro with a chef who will use fresh ingredients directly from the roof terrace with a garden.
About Scott.Weber Workspace
Scott.Weber Workspace operates private flexible offices and coworking spaces. It organizes events on its premises and also offers facilities for individuals and companies of all sizes. Currently, all 13 locations offer almost 5,000 office spaces with an area of over 40,000 m2. The company plans to further expand its representation not only in Prague, but also outside the capital.
More at www.scottweber.cz