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The sweet spot
“Achieving productivity at home is a tricky challenge,” Pradere says. “Highly productive home workers need support and recognition.”
On the other end of the spectrum, less productive home workers may feel dissatisfied with their jobs. The office is essential to give them structure and a sense of purpose.
That’s the challenge businesses face, says Kantor.
“While the notion of hybrid work is great in theory, putting it into practice is no easy task,” she says. “But companies that can keep employees engaged and engaged are going to win the war for talent.”
It’s a war that never really went away, despite the economic turmoil of 2020. In the United States, the unemployment level for skilled workers is declining.
Companies that wish to increase productivity in this new environment envision workplaces that encourage and support different needs: socialization and collaboration, focused work, creative brainstorming spaces, spaces dedicated to learning and development, or spaces related to nature.
Some people will seek out the office as a quiet place to focus and concentrate because their home might not be conducive to it. Others, especially young workers new to the workplace, will focus on engaging and networking with others.
“Finding the right mix will vary from company to company,” Kantor says. “The best workplaces are those created with input from employees.”