“There’s actually a significant savings that companies are achieving by transitioning a percentage of their traditional workspace footprint away from a conventional lease over to either working from home or working closer to home or at a co-working location. That’s become a very significant savings.”
And with these co-working spaces, employers also ensure that workers remain engaged with their peers at work, says Berger.
“We value the opportunity to be alongside people, but companies are becoming more geographically distributed than ever before with their teams. So people are looking for a way to gather at a location, leave their homes, travel five to 15 minutes, and be able to work in an environment where you have that people engagement. And you can still connect with your team members – whether it’s live locally or, frankly, around the world – because technology is very powerful.”
Tips for employers
To implement a hybrid setup successfully, employers must first communicate with their people, says Berger.
“Each employer should take the time to sit down and have an open dialogue with their employees, and really understand what the definition of culture should look like and does look like within the organization, and what an employer can do to help continue to accelerate the value of that culture.