Coronavirus dominates every conversation as the world grapples with the magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic. What was considered normal no longer applies today. COVID-19 has become a catalyst for a new norm and turned upside down our many familiar routines and just about everything we took for granted in our lives. Nature is changing our world and allows us in the process to question old ways and norms as we are looking for a new life after COVID-19.

Our work place is no exception. The unprecedented “work from home” experiment questions our daily routing we have embarked on, while working in remote office spaces. On average, a daily 2-way commute takes 52 minutes from door to door and is the 2nd largest contributor to carbon emission after the electricity sector.

Looking at how challenging these office commuting norms are, it must be recognized that no one model fits all. It therefore must be a combination of a remote, semi-remote and office-based employee strategy. Companies driven by an effective hybrid work space strategy will be able to benefit on several fronts but will only be successful if they:

1. clearly define the best distribution guidelines of a recommended hybrid model for each department (x% remote, x% semi-remote and x% office-based)

2. provide the IT infrastructure to seamless support each model within all working environments

3. provide a revised workspace structure (less offices and more meeting/ brain storming rooms)

4. ensure full C-level and managerial support

The rise of the hybrid working model is down to the fact that in the post-pandemic world many people want to be back in the office, but not all the time. Further the home office experience has shown how efficient work from remote locations are, including the reduction of travel through video conferencing.

In this sense, Covid-19 provides a unique opportunity to challenge old norms. Corporates have the ability to increase productivity, attract new talents and safe costs at the same time.

We will fail if we do not succeed in using this crisis as an opportunity to challenge and change old norms to the better of mankind.