Demand for a hybrid work model is greater for all generations than what companies are offering them in Czechia. However, young people are the most attracted by the model, with 3 out of 5 employees under the age of 35 wanting to use it.
In Prague or Brno every third employee works from home
According to a survey mapping employee and employer attitudes by Scott.Weber Workspace only 18% of Czechs regularly work from home and the office. Attitudes to working from home vary significantly between age groups. “Young people are most often attracted to the hybrid model. Among employees under 35 years of age, 61% of respondents want to use it,” – says Adam Zvada, CEO and founder of Scott.Weber Workspace.
Employees in the 54-65 age group, on the other hand, are more reserved on this issue. A full half of them prefer to work exclusively in offices, while only 41% of them are interested in home offices, a quarter less than younger people.
Alternating work from home and office is more common among employees of medium and large companies, especially in Prague, South Moravia and the Hradec Králové Region. While in Prague or Brno every third employee works from home, in the Zlín Region only 9% and in the Liberec Region only 6%.
Confirmed by data
“In our experience, employees usually prefer the middle ground when it comes to working from home or in the office. The hybrid model allows them to choose between working at home or in the office as needed and to take full advantage of the benefits that each environment brings,” comments Zvada.
This trend is confirmed by the data. The survey shows that 39% of all employers currently offer the option of working from home, with one in five planning to expand it further. A further 7% are planning to introduce it. On the other hand, 12% do not plan to offer home office and 39% of employers say that this form of work is not possible in their industry.
Flexible offices respond to changes
Experience from recent years shows that despite the high popularity of working from home, employees have not given up on working in offices. In fact, there are certain aspects of the modern office environment that working from home cannot replace. The reasons for commuting to the office vary between employees. Some are attracted by the opportunity to meet colleagues and socialise, others appreciate the quiet, high-tech environment where they can concentrate on their work.
In traditional offices, companies have contracts for 5, 7 or even 10 years. During that time, they can change the setup only to a limited extent, but it is often time-consuming and too expensive. OfficeRnD CEO Miro Miroslavov estimates that the flexible model can represent a cost saving of up to 40% for companies. Not only in terms of design, but also in terms of furniture, ICT, and cyber security.
Scott.Weber Workspace, the largest provider of flexible offices and coworking, is also responding to the increased interest. The thirteenth centre will open in Libeň. The new Dock location will have a total of 350 office spaces and event spaces or private terraces.