Target Corp., the largest employer in downtown Minneapolis with 8,500 employees, announced it will permanently offer a hybrid work style, where teams and employees decide when to work from home and when to be in the office .
“We really saw this as a unique opportunity to reshape the future of work and the work experience,” said Melissa Kremer, Target’s chief human resources officer.
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Listening to employees
Target does not set a minimum requirement for time spent in the office based on employee feedback and the desire to attract and retain talent. The retailer has modified its downtown offices with “flex floors,” which feature desks that employees can temporarily occupy among a range of meeting spaces.
Other major companies in the Twin Cities are also no longer expecting full-time in-person work two years after the coronavirus outbreak forced people to work from home, which made some employees happier but an uncertain outlook for downtown restaurants, shops and other businesses.
Considerations when moving to a hybrid working model
Hybrid work models, in which some employees are onsite while others work from home, have become a keystone of business reopening plans. But business leaders need a plan to ease the transition from fully remote working to a hybrid arrangement.
Employers launch hybrid work plans and identify roadblocks
As the coronavirus pandemic subsided, organizations began rolling out their plans to return employees to their workplaces. While the details varied, one thing was certain: the future for many white-collar workers is a mix of flexible working in the office and remotely.
Hybrid workplaces call for advanced technology
Hybrid workplaces come with a host of complex facility management issues. Space management technology is essential for a successful hybrid workplace, enabling employers to process real-time data, automate tasks, and deliver a superior employee experience.
Viewpoint: Hot-desking is not a true flexible working model
There are generally two ways to implement a desktop sharing arrangement: desktop sharing and desktop hosting. Paul Statham, CEO of Condeco, a workspace management and scheduling technology company, believes employers implementing the shared office approach will fail to engage returning employees and unwittingly create a less efficient and less collaborative work experience.