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Should we trade individual space for group space in the office?

Neither 100% in the office, nor 100% isolated in telework, no longer only in home office, more in flex office... The pandemic has profoundly changed the way we work and companies are today facing a real challenge to rethink life in the workplace. desk. After a confinement suffered, where hilarious videos rained on the net of executives pushing their toddlers out of the camera field during a meeting or an interview, the employees have now taken their rhythm. They have reorganized their workplace rather well at home and finally, in the face of zooms and google meetings, everyone seems to have made their mark and many highlight the interest of better reconciling professional and personal life, work and leisure.

This is the promise of hybrid working. This new term that we read everywhere. Its definition is quite simple: “Hybrid work is in fact a clever mix of teleworking and face-to-face days in the office. It has existed in companies for a long time, but the crisis has made its normalization a trend. From now on, each company must question its hybrid working methods and explain them to its employees. » Figures from the professional network LinkedIn tell us that job offers for positions whose title is linked to the future of work have increased by 60% since the start of the pandemic, and even by 304% for positions whose title refers to “hybrid” work.

But is this the promise of a bright future? Nothing is less sure. Indeed, 40% of employees surveyed believe that teleworking will have an impact on their career development and within this part of workers, 85% believe that this impact will be negative. 52% think that employees who are seen regularly in the workplace will be more likely to be favored by their boss and 23% fear being left out of decisions about promotions because of teleworking. In addition, at the same time, in more and more companies, employees no longer have an assigned workstation but settle each time in a different place when they come to the office. A change that can be disruptive for everyone, including management, and which is likely to demotivate employees who are inclined to return to the office. The challenge is therefore before us: the physical workspace in the company will have to be transformed to attract employees again.

Carlos Fontelas de Carvalho, president of ADP in France, already said last March on the Cetelem Observatory zoom: “We are going to have to reinvent offices so that they become places of conviviality and brotherhood. In hybrid mode, we will come to the office to celebrate successes together, meet in the workshop to be creative and debate. »

Station F has understood this for several years now, describing itself not only as the largest start-up campus in the world, but also as a unique community from diverse backgrounds and partners from all industries.

The train is on and companies will have to react and adapt to reinvent the office living space and re-enchant work. Collaborative activities, openings to the outside, nature, greenery, colours, smells, perfumes, the future will belong to those who know how to recreate a pleasant environment conducive to a new form of well-being in the office.

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