Hybrid work models are attracting seven times more candidates in Czechia

A recent survey found that despite employers' push to return to the office, retaining talent may require adapting work models and office environments.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 22.01.2024 09:00:00 (updated on 22.01.2024) Reading time: 1 minute

As the new year begins, many Czech companies are pushing for a return to full-time office work, even though employees are making clear their preference for flexibility and remote options. A recent survey by Colliers found that retaining talent may require adapting work models and workplace environments.

"Hybrid work models that offer flexibility in terms of time and place are popular with Czech employees," said Jana Vlková, director of workplace advisory and office agency at Colliers. Job postings allowing remote work attract up to seven times as many applicants as those without, she added.

Vlková said employers scrapping hybrid arrangements will need to ensure their offices and company cultures are attractive. That could mean quality technology, ergonomic workstations, and a strong sense of community. The same applies to companies maintaining hybrid setups.

The survey found that supportive managers, positive company cultures, and involvement in decision-making were key to strong employee relationships. Sixty-three percent cited managerial support as important. Fifty-six percent valued transparency and values, while 52 percent wanted input into decisions.

Designing offices to foster collaboration as well as focused work is also key, Vlková said. Meeting spaces for small groups are replacing individual workstations in many redesigns. Mobile phone booths and reconfigurable areas allow sharing of spaces flexibly. "This investment will pay off in happy, engaged employees," she continued.

However, work-from-home norms may be slow to change. Office occupancy remains around only 35 percent on average, the surveys show, perhaps contributing to some employers, especially international companies mandating more in-person time this year. According to Vlková, 2024 will show whether hybrid models have truly taken root in the Czech business world.

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