According to a Pew Research Center January 2022 study, “among those who are currently working from home all or most of the time, 78% said they’d like to continue to do so after the pandemic, up from 64% in 2020.”1 Once workers got a taste of working from home, they wanted to do it “most of the time,” which has come to be known as hybrid work.
However, implementing a hybrid work model isn’t simply a matter of allowing workers the flexibility to choose where they want to work. Decisions need to be made about real estate footprint, workspace design, collaboration tools and IT strategy. Global commercial real estate services company CBRE found that 87% of large employers believe a hybrid work policy is their new normal, versus only 7% that will remain primary office based.2
At the highest level, planning for the “new normal” encompasses:
Hybrid work is a phase of digital transformation that has led to flexagility, a best practice that combines flexibility (bend without breaking) and agility (quick response and adaptability). It also has led to a spectrum of hybrid work models aimed at satisfying employee preferences while maintaining a collaborative culture and helping assure desirable return on real estate asset investments:3
Organizations are reviewing their footprint strategies and assessing elements such as flex space. The demand for flexible office space will increase substantially to allow for penalty-free contraction or expansion. In fact, nearly 70% of large companies list flexible space among the top three office building amenities they want.3 And while flex space is a big part of footprint optimization, enterprises also are evaluating the role of core space, satellite/branch offices and WFH.
Colocation offers a customizable data center solution that allows minimizing or eliminating on-premises data centers. Imagine what you might do with the space, instead of using it for servers, routers and cooling systems.
A hybrid IT strategy also can offer great flexagility. A hybrid IT infrastructure is a mix of various types of cloud solutions, colocation and on-premises operations. Striking data center chores from a manager’s to-do list creates resource allocation flexibility. With your colocation provider handling day-to-day data center tasks, your IT teams can direct their energy and skills to revenue-generating projects.
Colocation enables IT infrastructure agility. You hear that a lot, what does it mean? Three advantages where space planning and migrating to a colocation data center overlap are:
Colocation offers compelling benefits, beginning with OpEx and cost reduction via direct connection to cloud service providers. Other advantages include low latency network performance and access to an ecosystem of network providers, IT service providers, content delivery networks and other enterprises.
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1. COVID-19 Pandemic Continues To Reshape Work in America, Pew Research Center
2. CBRE, Global Midyear Real Estate Market Outlook 2021
3. CBRE, The Next Normal, How Hybrid Work Is Transforming Commercial Real Estate, 2021
4. CBRE, Office Occupier Sentiment Survey, 2021
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