Is flexible workspace a part of the hybrid movement? I started this thread wondering about the similarities and differences between the words flexible and hybrid. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, ‘hybrid’ refers to a mixture of plants or animals to produce improved characteristics for a higher-quality product.
The word has since morphed into something more extensive.
For our purposes, this infers a workplace boasting a ‘hybrid’ work environment, i.e., relating to the combination of workplace ideals, functional space, and schedules.
Is there a fundamental difference between hybrid and flexible, or is one just a subset of the other?
The Law Insider states that ‘flexible space’ are buildings configured with a combination of office and warehouse to fit a variety of use.
Wiki deems flex space relates to the evolution of industrial warehouses converting to office facility or headquarters.
Real Estate Advisors states a flexible property is simply a hybrid of office and industrial space.’
I reached out to a few of my Facility Manager associates for their points of view. In summary, flexible workspace, a.k.a flex space, IS part of the hybrid movement.
Because flexible working is a combination of patterns based on schedules and shifts, it can also incorporate the need for a new design or a complete redesign of the working space for teams to be productive.
Flexible working in a hybrid environment allows for adaptable furniture that encourages working in a variety of spaces within the workplace based on personal choice or team dynamic. Flexible working creates an atmosphere of independence from the constraints of the standard Monday through Friday 9 to 5 work style we were accustomed to.
Does anyone miss the micromanaged environment we’ve left behind?
While I believe a more personalized and compliant workplace is here to stay, every industry will determine what type of working conditions works best for them.
A Doctor might be able to diagnose an ailment via TeleMed, but I don’t think you’d want to have surgery in a home office.
Regardless of how you choose to work, remember who pays your bills. If you don’t like it, you can leave.
In turn, if you remain focused on personal priorities such as a complimentary work and life balance, you’re a flexible worker in today’s hybrid environment.