While the work-from-home experience of 2020 proved to have many positive outcomes, many employees are looking forward to working in the office again—at least part of the time. From the social aspect of collaborating with coworkers to being able to meet with clients, being physically together is an important part of the work experience. So how can employers bridge the gap between the productivity of work-from-home with the community of being at the workplace?
Enter the hybrid office. A hybrid workspace model gives employees the option to work from home, at the office or a combination of the two. But that’s not the only difference; the physical layout is also changing.
Unlike a traditional workplace with dedicated offices or cubicles, the hybrid office features shared desks/tables for coworking, meeting rooms for collaboration and quiet spaces for intense concentration. The result is an environment that gives employees the autonomy to work in an area that best suits the task that they’re working on in that moment.
This kind of flexibility is appealing for both employers and employees, but it’s not without challenges. Building company culture and ensuring an engaging employee experience require many touch points, and virtual isn’t always the same.
There is a simple way to augment employee engagement campaigns, onboarding programs and team building events—all while involving the five senses. Branded merchandise.
High-quality products tastefully decorated with the company logo help bring people together while in the office and when working remotely. To show what’s possible, we curated six products that are ideal for companies with hybrid offices who want to give employees branded merchandise to support them onsite as well as when working from home. Use them individually or combine several (or all!) for a more comprehensive onboarding program or welcome back campaign. Check these out:
Is there a fitness studio near your office? Are there a number of employees who take a walk at a nearby park during lunch or go for a run after work? Maybe your team takes public transit and walks a few blocks from the train station? Make it easy for them to transition from home to work and back again with the Sneaker Backpack.
As the name suggests, what makes this bag special is the front double-zippered shoe compartment. It accommodates footwear up to men’s size 18 and comes complete with an expansion panel and air vents.
The backpack fits most laptops up to 17″, and it features adjustable padded shoulder straps, a web carrying handle, large top double-zippered organizer compartment for accessories and a side-zippered back compartment with padded back. Made of grey and black 600 denier polycanvas, it’s sized 11.5″ x 18″ x 6.5″.
When not carrying sneakers, that compartment is perfect for cords, tech accessories or office supplies that employees need when working from home. It’s also a great place to store a lunch set for those who prefer dining at their desks. (We picked a perfect one below, so keep reading!)
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Tech Accessory Travel Organizer Pouch
With the hybrid office model giving employees the flexibility to work at home a couple days a week, they must be able to transport their equipment to and from the office with ease. Here’s a perfect complement to the Sneaker Backpack above: The Tech Accessory Travel Organizer Pouch.
Made of 600D two-tone polyester with PVC coating plus a 210D polyester lining, this pouch features a front open pocket, a poly-web carrying handle and a zipper that wraps around three of the four sides.
Once open, there’s an inside front cover zipper pocket, and the inside back cover has one open pocket and one mesh pocket with zipper.
The pouch makes a great gift on its own, or pair it with a bag or other tech accessories for a more robust campaign.
Lovin’ this Tech Accessory Travel Organizer Pouch as much as we are? Get all the details and place your order here.
Gala Insulated Tumbler
Want employees to mentally be at peak performance? Hydration is a key component. Make it easy for everyone to get their eight glasses of water while working from home, in the office and everywhere in between with the Gala Insulated Tumbler.
This 16-ounce, double-wall 18/8 stainless steel thermal tumbler includes copper vacuum insulation, a stainless-steel rim and clear push-on lid. But what makes it stand apart from all the other tumblers is the glossy/matte dual-tone finish. It comes in oh-so-sweet colors such as lime, mint, peach, shadow, sky, snow and strawberry.
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Lunch Set With Phone Holder
Having a meal prepped and at the ready makes the workday go much smoother, whether you’re in the office or working from home. With this Lunch Set, employees will have everything they need to pack an easy, tasty meal.
This BPA-free container measures 4.75″ x 7.5″ x 2.5″ and includes a plastic fork, a removable/adjustable divider to keep food separate, a built-in steam vent and a durable lid with clips for a tight seal. And the bonus? It also includes a phone holder so it’s easy to watch something interesting while eating.
It’s offered in four colors, and while the red, white and blue are nice, the lime color is tops for us. Plus, it looks amazing with the Gala Insulated Tumbler above, making it a great combo set.
If you agree that the Lunch Set With Phone Holder is all that (plus a bag of chips), check it out here.
Power Up Power Bank
More fluid work stations lend themselves to needing portable power options. Say hello to the Power Up Power Bank. This UL listed power bank features a 4000 mAh lithium-ion, grade-A, non-recycled battery and two 5-volt USB ports (1 Amp and 2 Amp output). It also has two USB output and micro-USB input (cord included). (Your device’s charging cord is required for use.) Sized 2.75″ square, the Power Up is offered in black, blue, red, white—and lime. (Noticing the theme yet?)
If you want to power up your branded merch with the Power Up Power Bank, get all the details on this convenient charging station here.
Mobile Office Pencil Pouch
In a traditional office setting, employees with permanent desks would have a drawer to keep writing instruments, paper clips, flash drives, sticky notes, etc. But with a hybrid office, there needs to be an easy way to collect and transport these little things between workspaces.
The Mobile Office Pencil Pouch is the right tool for the job. Made from 600D polyester, this 7″ x 2.5″ x 2.5″ pouch stores pens, pencils and other small items, keeping them organized and at the ready. The pouch features a zippered closure to the main compartment, and it lays flat when unzipped for easy access to its contents.
Giving Employees The Tools To Navigate The Hybrid Office
There’s a lot to figure out when transitioning to a hybrid workplace. Picking the best branded merchandise shouldn’t be one of them. We’ve got that covered for you.
By giving employees the tools they need to create a mobile office, they feel more supported, engaged and appreciated. Our concierge service can work with you to build a successful program that welcomes employees back to the office, onboards new hires and engages current team members—all within your budget.
Drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or book an appointment at https://meetings.hubspot.com/corpspec/chat-about-swag to schedule a quick 10-minute chat, 20-minute new product call or 30-minute brainstorming session. We’re here to help!