In this session, different flavours of the hybrid working world were presented. A common theme was that technology is actually one of the least important parts. Instead, the process could be key: getting people on board through inspiration sessions, exploring possibilities and investigating the potential actions. Or the crucial element could be willingness to embrace change – perhaps better expressed as the need to embrace the change driven by the Covid-19 pandemic. The crucial element could also be the tendency of employees to pick up their work life where they left it 2 years ago; so the technology, although state-of-the-art, is not the driver. However, technology and expert advice are needed of course, whether from the structure that delaware provides, the email filtering of Fortinet or the network of Proximus.

We first heard from delaware about how they designed a hybrid workplace that takes into account the needs of the employees. Afterwards, the University of Ghent clarified that new technologies mean that today’s hybrid approach is more than just upscaled, pre-Covid-19 ‘remote working’. De Watergroep then shared how, after adapting their IT infrastructure for remote working, they have now also adapted their offices.

  • delaware presentation: A pragmatic approach to shaping a hybrid workplace that fits your organisation
  • Univerity of Ghent user story: ICT infrastructure for the hybrid workplace: a paradigm shift?
  • De Watergroep user story: Shaping our hybrid workplace: from more bandwidth to an office overhaul