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Corona and its implications have greatly accelerated the adoption and expansion of hybrid working models. Hybrid working is a model that allows employees the flexibility to work from anywhere. Whether from the office, at home or anywhere else in the world – advancing digitalisation makes it possible. However, the wide range of benefits that hybrid working enables is not yet fully exploited by many companies.

In the following blog article, we explain the advantages of hybrid working, outline the challenges a company has to face when integrating such a form of work, and show you how a hybrid working model can be successfully implemented with the help of a best-practice example.

Happier and More Productive Employees

According to a study by Cisco, hybrid working improves employees’ well-being and professional performance. The study examined the workforce’s emotional, physical, mental and financial aspects, and the result is clear: hybrid work is the working model of the future.

Happier and More Productive Employees

Successfully Implementation: The Story of Paul Scherrer Institute PSI

Employees today want more flexibility, autonomy and the ability to choose when and where they work. The traditional work model, in which everyone is assigned a fixed desk, has long since become obsolete. Today, hybrid working is made possible by setting up workplaces with different types of space, from living room-like lounges to collaboration areas with writable surfaces for brainstorming to telephone booths for private conversations. Welcome to activity-based-working (ABW).

We at Prime Computer are not the only ones to successfully implement a hybrid working model. The Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, a research institute for natural and engineering sciences and part of the federal ETH domain at which cutting-edge research is carried out in the fields of matter and materials, energy and the environment, and health, is also planning to integrate hybrid working as an “activity-based-working” structure into everyday working life.

Prime Computer was allowed a glimpse into PSI’s implementation process. We don’t want to deprive you of the insights PSI has gained regarding the hybrid working model.

Aerial view of the PSI premises, May 2016

Analysing the Initial Situation

Scientists, laboratory technicians and administrative staff make up the majority of the occupancy at PSI. Their working methods and the individual groups’ unique needs were considered in the planning for hybrid working. When analysing the initial situation, it was found that there is a strong team orientation within the staff, as the individual groups often work together at interfaces. At the same time, there are also work phases in which each employee group demands autonomy in the work organisation. To meet the changing demands of the work phases, the layout of the space must be flexible. This includes open spaces, in which an exchange across employee groups is made possible, and retreat spaces, where each employee can focus without disturbance from outside.


Here are the most important lessons learned by the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in planning a hybrid working model:

  • The desk is only one set of many
  • Diverse activities require flexible working options
  • Offers for collaborative, team-oriented work must be created
  • Space for informal encounters should also be available
  • Focused and administrative individual work should be ensured through quiet spaces
Happier and More Productive Employees

Green IT Infrastructure for Hybrid Working Models

An IT hardware infrastructure tailored to the specific environment is essential to ensure that working in geographically dispersed teams runs smoothly. If you are an entrepreneur, you should adapt the IT solutions to the particular needs of your employees. First and foremost, equip employees with company-owned hardware so that a high-security standard can be enforced. Green IT hardware that can be used both on the move and at home are mini PCs and laptops such as the PrimeMini 5 or the PrimeBook Circular from Prime Computer. The latter gives you and your staff even more freedom to choose where you work, thanks to its integrated screen, camera and speakers.

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European Countries Adjust to Hybrid Working

In many countries, during the height of the Corona pandemic, it became mandatory to have a home office, where working from home was possible. Corona seems more controllable, but hardly any employer or employee wants to return to the pre-pandemic mode. More flexibility in the choice of work location is tolerated, and the classic employer’s office is upgraded as a place to meet and exchange. In Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Sweden, for example, employees still have no legal entitlement to a hybrid working model or home office. However, things could still change in this regard because, at least in terms of tax law, many countries have already adapted to the new working models and granted taxpayers corresponding lump sums.


The introduction and continuation of a hybrid working model depend heavily on the company’s leadership. A CEO or the management has the best overview regarding reconciling corporate goals with the employees’ expectations. This can lead to a rethinking of the corporate culture and often includes redesigning workspace design and equipment, especially IT hardware.

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  • Hybrid working is a model that gives employees the flexibility to work from anywhere.
  • According to a study by Cisco, hybrid working improves employee well-being and professional performance
  • For geographically dispersed teams to work smoothly, an IT hardware infrastructure tailored to the environment is essential
  • Green IT hardware that can be used both on the road and at home include mini PCs and laptops
  • In many countries, a home office was mandated at the height of the Corona pandemic, allowing people to work from home
  • In terms of tax law, many countries have already adapted to the new working models and grant taxpayers corresponding lump sums.
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