Think Tank "Hybrid Work"

Inspiring Think Tank

Off to the home office - or rather not?

As you know, we have set ourselves the goal of developing unique, novel and crazy products for you.😜To ensure that our team does not run out of inspiration in this endeavour, we are constantly looking for ways to make working environments as creative as possible. That's why our product designer Konstantin recently made his way to Stuttgart to take part in a think tank on the subject of "Hybrid working in the co-working space" at the Design Offices Eberhardhöfe and picked up a few cool ideas.🤔How did it go? You can find that out in our blog today.

Do you remember the design offices we were talking about here recently? 😍 Konstantin admired the cool location there in September and also took part in a think tank where everything revolved around hybrid work. I'm sure you're eager to learn more about the results of the event. So we don't want to keep you in suspense any longer and present you some of the topics discussed there.

Opportunities and risks of hybrid working

On site, Konstantin met Dr. Torsten Ambs, who initiated and moderated the think tank. Also present were Maria Eckhardt, who works for the location at the Eberhardhöfe and organises events, a young industrial designer and a self-employed change manager. The last-named works regularly in the design offices and says she benefits greatly from the diverse range of services and ideal networking opportunities. The remaining participants joined via video chat. 👩‍💻👨‍💻

"In the preliminary stages, all those present exchanged a little bit about their activities and talked about their very different ways of working. We talked about how we were able to do our jobs during the lockdown, what everyday working life looks like today and what changes we think, are still to come," says Konstantin. When the other participants joined via video chat, Dr. Torsten Ambs gave a short introduction. The group then turned its attention to the opportunities and risks of hybrid working.

Renaissance for the countryside?

"Surprisingly, it started with a negative point: lack of physical and regular contact with colleagues and members of the company," Konstantin says in surprise. However, some people saw opportunities in exactly this, as changing places of work tends to new contacts and impressions. "What I found very interesting was that many were expecting a renaissance of rural regions. If more and more emphasis is placed on working independently of location, many people will ask themselves whether they still want to be tied to the city, according to the thesis of many participants.👩‍🌾👨‍🌾Rural regions could then score points with lower housing costs and become more attractive. This is logical if one considers that up to now, people often have only changed their place of residence if they had to be present in a company, becuase of a new job. Why stress yourself with it, if it is no longer necessary? 🤷‍♂️

Advantages and disadvantages for employees

"However, several participants pointed out that home office employees are often subjected to greater pressure because it is more difficult for managers to recognize their performance and engagement over distance.“ ☝ Here, the right leadership methods must first be developed and then correctly applied, they said. After all, one should not overburden the employees. It was positively emphasized that everyday life can be managed better and more relaxed if working hours can be organised flexibly. The think-tank participants found the trust placed in them by employers in working independently very pleasant. 🤗"More humane" was the important keyword here. At the same time, some participants also noted that not every employee is able to organize and structure his or her work completely on their own. Therefore, some people might be overwhelmed, get into difficult situations or be driven into frustration. This is where the managers are most important: They have to pay special attention to these colleagues and, at best, intervene early to prevent such incidents.

Overcoming locational disadvantages

"Of course, the advantages for the global climate were also mentioned, which should play a major role," Konstantin is convinced. 🌏"There is agreement that hybrid work will also make it easier for companies to engage specialists and skilled workers for projects in the future. Imagine a company sitting in a place that is unattractive to specialists. The chances of convincing the employee in question to change jobs would be extremely slim. However, by working independently of location, it is still possible to make this person enthusiastic about his or her company, as a move is not necessary.

At the same time, external communication becomes more important in this case. How do you present yourself? What values do you stand for? What goals do you pursue? These are the central questions to which young, well educated people expect an answer in this scenario, the think-tank participants said.

"The discussion round was very informative and it was extremely interesting to hear the different opinions on this topic," summarized Konstantin. "To exchange experiences with people who are still strangers about the intensive time in the home office and to experience what it was like with others is really exciting. I would like to thank Dr. Torsten Ambs a lot for this great think tank".

Tell us your opinion

What do you think? Do you like working in the home office? What experiences have you had regarding to the daily work routine during the lockdown? Has your working environment changed since then? We are curious about your opinion. 🤗Write us an email or take part in our next community action.