The Good and Bad of the Hybrid Workplace

Work processes are changing. New workplace trends are emerging. All of this has resulted in corporations investing thousands of dollars to welcome the new reality: The Hybrid Workplace. However, will it be beneficial for both corporations and employees? What are the implications of adopting this model? Follow Trish, Senior Marketing Executive, as we unravel the good and bad of the Hybrid Workplace.

“When the pandemic outbreak subsides, we will face a new future — the future flexible environment that combines advantages of remote and in-house work and meets the needs of all employees, giving them a sense of freedom and fulfilment at work at the same time.’’ – Pete Sosnowski, VP of People of Zety.

Let’s face it, the pandemic has transformed the way we work, and what follows next is neither the extinction of offices nor a restoration to the status quo. Instead, we are greeted by the new reality: The Hybrid Workplace, where collaboration happens amongst employees who are working remotely and those working in the office.

Big corporations such as Google, Microsoft and Ford Motors have amped up their Hybrid Workplace plans by allowing their employees to have the flexibility to either work remotely or in the office. This emerging trend has triggered many corporations to redesign their office spaces based on the number of people in the office and the capacity of the space under social distancing rules. Let’s take Google, for example, they redesigned their private workspaces and multi-purpose offices to create a greater connection between their employees in the office and those joining virtually. Google believed by implementing a hybrid approach to work in this era will help to improve the quality of their employee’s work and lives.

With all these big corporations making the first move in embracing the hybrid approach to working, many other small corporations are slowly jumping into this trend and are investing a huge sum of money to restructure their office and create new policies and plans to incorporate the hybrid working approach. As good as this new approach sounds, there are definitely a few drawbacks that corporations might face with this approach. With that being said, what are the good and bad of the Hybrid Workplace?

The Good


1. Increased productivity and efficiency

Before the pandemic, corporations were sceptical about giving their employees the flexibility in choosing the hours they worked. They believed that this could affect the productivity and efficiency of their employees. However, this is untrue as research by Microsoft have shown that almost 82% of their employees were more productive and efficient with hybrid working. This is because, in a hybrid workplace, workers can have the option to fully concentrate without any distractions at home and come back to the office when they need to attend important meetings. This will help employees to perform better as they are happier and better rested, leading to increased productivity and efficiency.

2. Lowered Cost incurred

Having half of the workforce working remotely and the other half in the office has helped corporations to reduce the rental costs and on office supplies. For example, there is not a need for corporations to fully stock up on the office pantry with refreshments. To add to it, it benefits most employees as they get to spend less time commuting. They too can cut cost on daily expenses such as lunch and transportation.

3. Increased Attention to Employees Needs

Working away from the office allows one to have flexibility on how they managed their time with work. Work-life integration can at times be hard for employees as one has to balance their time, efficiently. However, by implementing a hybrid approach towards work, corporations are having increased prioritization of their employees. For example, corporations are making sure that employees have the right tools and technologies to have a clearer workflow and increased productivity. Not only that, but there are virtual events that are hosted to keep the employees connected and regular check-ins with the employees to ensure that they are fine. This shows that the hybrid approach to work helps to increased attention to employees’ needs.

Working away from the office allows one to have flexibility on how they managed their time with work. Work-life integration can at times be hard for employees as one has to balance their time, efficiently. However, by implementing a hybrid approach towards work, corporations are having increased prioritization of their employees. For example, corporations are making sure that employees have the right tools and technologies to have a clearer workflow and increased productivity. Not only that, but there are virtual events that are hosted to keep the employees connected and regular check-ins with the employees to ensure that they are fine. This shows that the hybrid approach to work helps to increased attention to employees’ needs.

The Bad

1. Weakened client experience

Client management has a certain amount of speciality in many industries. Even though we are in the era where everything can be done virtually, having customer-facing employees stationed in the office is important as urgent cases might tend to be neglected. For example, customers are already accustomed to visiting a physical location for professional services such as banks and this can disrupt the whole client experience.

2. Heightened employee isolation

It might be enjoyable to be nestled in your humble abode while doing your work without any distractions, however, this does affect one’s mental health. Some of the employees might be deprived of the social interactions they have in the office, and this can cause relationships to weaken. Employees can no longer share jokes and stories with their colleagues, causing the camaraderie built in the office to slowly fade away. It can sometimes be difficult to bounce ideas off coworkers or have face-to-face discussions without being physically present in the workplace. This results in communication becoming intentional with the need to arrange virtual calls. Thus, this might lead to poor decision-making between employees as there are no longer organic interactions.

Hybrid Workplace is here to stay

As many corporations are slowly adapting and incorporating the Hybrid Workplace model, it is to no doubt that Hybrid Workplace is the future. Despite its’ pros and cons, implementing a hybrid approach towards workplaces help to strike the balance between both flexibility and productivity. What’s important now is for corporations to develop a deeper understanding of the Hybrid Workplace model and take initiatives to level up their work processes because Hybrid Workplace is here to stay, for long.

Want to know more about Hybrid Workplace and how your company can benefit from it? Don’t forget to join us in an upcoming Hybrid Workplace webinar hosted by InAVate and jointly organized by ESCO and Microsoft that will fall on the 29th of June 2021 from 4 pm to 5 pm SGT. Hear from leading industry leaders on their views of the Hybrid Workplace and explore transformation strategies to help you transition to flexible and hybrid work.

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Heald/Evo

The unique design of the Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) bollard means it can be installed at a depth only slightly greater than the height of the actual bollard itself with no loss of protection.

Technical Specification

Performance Rating
IWA14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N2A]/64/90:1.3

Bollard Diameter
273mm

Raised Height
1000mm

Power
415v/3 phase
230v/ Single phase
Or to suit country regulations

Options
EFO (Emergency Fast Operation)
LED lights available
Battery back up generator
Electro mechanical hydraulic operation

Normal Raise Speed
3-4 seconds approx

EFO Speed
1.5 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated

Finish
Galvanised then primed and painted black with red refl ective band. Alternative finishes and covers available on request.

Heald Matador HT3

Heald’s Electro Mechanical Matador is the latest addition to Heald’s product range. The EM Matador is an award-winning, sliding bollard system which is operated electro mechanically and has many additional benefits.

Technical Specification

Crash Testing
HT3: IWA 14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N3C]/64/90:1.3 (N3C 18 tonner vehicle)IWA 14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N2A]/80/90:4.8

Bollard Height
1100 mm

Bollard Diameter
273 mm

Foundation Depth
Surface mount (base requirements): 150 mm
Recessed:160 mm

Composition
Welding in accordance with BS 4872-1:1982.
Manufacturing in accordance with BS 6571.

Options
LED Lighting, Architectural Paving System, specialist cover options, Hydra Control and trace heating

Normal Operating Speed
6 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated

Motor
0.37 KWT (1 per dynamic bollard)

Finish
Base shot blasted and applied with special hard wearing resin
Top surface finished with anti-slip coating
Bollards galvanised with stainless steel covers

Heald/Raptor

Heald’s Raptor combines the high security of a roadblocker with the flexibility of a shallow mount bollard. The Raptor is the most resistant bollard of its type on the market due to its internal reinforcement which other bollards simply don’t have. Tested to both UK PAS 68 and US ASTM standards, not only will it halt a 7.5 tonne truck travelling at 80 kph it will also continue to function following the impact.

Technical Specification

Performance Rating
ASTM: M50-P1 Zero Penetration (SD-STD2.01 K12)
ASTM: C40 P1 Zero Penetration
PAS68 Blocker/Bollard V/7500[N3]/80/90:3.3/18.9

Axle Loadings
Will withstand any road going vehicle (In-house test certificate). Axle weight 120 tonnes or more.

Raised Height
985 mm

Width
380 mm

Composition
Profiled steel plate
Welding in accordance with BS 4872-1:1982
Manufacturing in accordance with BS 6571

Motor
Spec dependant on site requirements and may be altered after consultation with client. 3 kW motor.
Immersed pump (optional addition).
Extra Heavy duty solenoid valves (24 V DC) for reliability in operation.
Manual hand pump.
30 litre tank.

Power
415 V/3ph and neutral/50 Hz. Alternatively, power to suit customer requirements.

PLC Control Voltage
24 V DC

Options
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO) via accumulator
Hydra remote control and monitoring
Trace heating
LED lighting
High security lock out valve

Normal Raise Speed
4 - 6 seconds approx

EFO Speed
1.5 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated.

Finish
Galvanised then primed and painted grey or yellow, Chevrons available.Other colours available on request.

ATG/DEFENDER

The ATG Access Defender Automatic Bollard is a K4 impact tested bollard able to cope with a high number of operations per hour, making it ideal for sites with high traffic flow.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
US DOS - K4 Rating: 6,800 kg at 30 mph (48 kph)

Minimum Array
3

Power
External HPU

Diameter
273mm

Height Above Ground
762mm

Foundation Depth
1235mm

Finishes
Galvanised or painted yellow with the option of an aesthetic sleeve (279mm). Indirect red LED lights an option - check with technical team on application for a quotation.

Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

SP400 Automatic Bollard

The SP400 Automatic Bollard is PAS 68 rated and available in a multitude of finishes and operation types making this product one of the most versatile high-security bollards on the market.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/48/90:0/0
Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:2.3/2.7
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
240mm (lid), 209mm (core)
Height Above Ground
998mm
Foundation Depth
1528mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard, with or without two machine bands (client preference). Options include an aesthetic sleeve (219mm diameter) or direct LED (RGBW) lights. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

SP400 Manually Retractable Bollard

The SP400 Manually Retractable Bollard offers an impact tested solution that can be easily operated without the need for electricity. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/48/90:0/0

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:2.3/2.7

Minimum Array
1

Power
Integral HPU

Diameter
209mm (core)/ 240mm (lid)

Height Above Ground
998mm

Foundation Depth
1509mm

Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard with two, yellow reflective bands. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.

SPTT Automatic Bollard

The SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard has a unique double retractable design which ensures smooth operation and acts as a depth saving feature. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)64/90:0.5/6.1
Minimum Array
1
Power
External or Integral HPU
Diameter
209mm (top) / 280mm (bottom)
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
900mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard. Option to sleeve with a stainless steel finish depending on application (210mm top, 282mm top diameter). Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy. A RAL finish is also possible on request.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard

The SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard has a unique double retractable design which ensures smooth operation and acts as a depth saving feature. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:0.5/6.1
Minimum Array
1
Power
Integral HPU
Diameter
209mm (top) / 280mm (bottom)
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
900mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard. Option to sleeve with a stainless steel finish depending on application (210mm top, 282mm top diameter). Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy. A RAL finish is also possible on request.

ATG/Stealth

Tested to IWA 14-1, the Stealth Automatic Bollard is an automatic system with integral hydraulics that can be retrofitted into existing systems. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
IWA 14: V/7200(N2A)/80/90:2.4 (Single Bollard)
Security Rating
IWA 14: V/7200(N2A)/80/90:0.8 (Dual Bollard)
Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/80/90:0.795/10.4 (Dual Bollard)
Minimum Array
1 (single bollard), 2 (dual bollard)
Power
External or Integral HPU
Diameter
230mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1514mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard with two yellow reflective bands. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (240mm diameter) or direct LED (RGBW) lights - the external HPU model only. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

ATG/SP MKII Titan Automatic Bollard

The Titan MK II Automatic Bollard is a cost-effective way of protecting key access points, available in a variety of operating sets and arrays. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500/80/90:4.0/33.5
Security Rating
ASTM: M50 P2
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
273mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1684mm
Finishes
Galvanised and then painted as standard. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (323mm diameter). Direct LED (RGBW) lights are also available for the unsleeved variant.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

ATG/SP MKII Titan Manually Retractable Bollard

The Titan MK II is a manually retractable bollard impact tested to the British BSI PAS 68 standard.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500/80/90:4.0/33.5
Minimum Array
1
Power
Integral HPU
Diameter
273mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1684mm
Finishes
Galvanised and then painted as standard. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (323mm diameter).

ATG/SP1000 Automatic Bollard

The SP1000 Automatic Bollard is the first ATG Access high-security bollard to be impact tested as part of the PAS 68 testing program, becoming one of the strongest automatic bollards available in the security market.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)80/90:0/10
Security Rating
ASTM: M50 P1
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
300mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1933mm
Finishes
Galvanised as standard with two yellow reflective bands. Can be fitted with either a black or stainless steel aesthetic sleeve (350mm diameter).
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

ATG/SP1200 Automatic Bollard

The SP1200 Automatic Bollard is the world's strongest impact tested bollard, and the only one tested with a 30,000kg vehicle.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: 30,000(N3)/80/90:3.30/25
Minimum Array
1
Diameter
300mm
Height Above Ground
1200mm
Foundation Depth
2040mm
Power
External HPU
Finishes
Galvanised as standard with two yellow reflective bands. For any alternative finishes, please discuss with our technical team on application for a quotation.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

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