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Careers & Business

AFFORDABLE QUALITY Steelcase Series™ 1 delivers ergonomics, quality, and choice while making it attainable for everyone. With LiveBack™ technology and soft curved arm caps to maintain forearm support, its intuitive adjustments fit a broad range of users, making it easy to use. A wide range of colors, fabrics and finishes make it easy for companies to put their brand on display in the office. Pair with the Migration SE, a heightadjustable desk built for the home office with performance and well being in mind to support you wherever work gets done.

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Hybrid Work Strategies Over the past year and a half, many companies have had to transition some or all of their staff to a work at home environment. As a result, hybrid work strategies are becoming a growing trend as companies realize the benefits of offering a flexible work environment. A hybrid work strategy enables employees to work from home while still engaging at the office for community and collaboration. A recent study conducted by Angus Reed discovered that this trend is growing in popularity among employees with 39% of them saying they prefer a hybrid model while 29-34% would look for another place of employment if a hybrid model was not adopted in their current workplace! Of course, working from home does not work for everyone. According to the experts at POI Business Interiors, there are many things that should be factored into the decision including the home environment, type of work (focus work vs collaborative work), individual personalities (introvert vs extrovert) and the ability to separate worklife and homelife. For

some, working from home may elevate productivity while for others, an office environment may be a better setting. To successfully incorporate a hybrid work strategy into your workplace, POI experts suggest you consider performance, privacy, productivity, flexibility, individual needs and connection! The work from home experience should replicate the office experience in terms of creating an environment that supports individual comfort and wellbeing while enabling productivity. A hybrid work strategy involves working with each employee to create a plan that supports physical comfort and safety, takes individual personalities into consideration and ensures a healthy worklife and homelife balance is maintained. Technology will also play a large part in this plan, from proper lighting to reliable connectivity and of course, virtual collaboration between office and home with software applications that keep everyone connected.