With the majority of businesses choosing to take on a hybrid working approach instead of implementing a full-time return to the office, businesses and leaders need to embrace flexible setups and technology to support the latest evolution of work.
Research by Deloitte shows 75% of companies report equal or increased productivity while working remotely. Some have experienced such growth that they now have insufficient office space for their full teams, while others are planning to reduce the space they already have. There is also high demand among employees for permanent hybrid models post-Covid, allowing them to work remotely for part of the week. Aside from the impact on productivity, hybrid working environments provide a range of benefits for workers wanting greater flexibility.
PWC research shows huge demand from executives to invest in virtual collaboration tools, infrastructure and training to support hybrid offices. However these setups come with challenges that require careful navigation. Managing the relationship between digital and in-person collaboration is essential when establishing a flexible work environment for your team.
Whether teams are now in the office or working from home, the use of technology has given teams the tools to communicate and collaborate, ensuring everyone in the team stays connected. Drawboard PDF and Drawboard Projects provide a range of tools to support teams both virtually and in person. A pioneer in the collaborative PDF space, Drawboard helps companies to optimize workflows, solve workplace coordination issues, and reduce reliance on paper.
Drawboard Projects allows teams to mark up files in real-time and easily access their most current documents. With team members working from different locations and visiting clients offsite, Drawboard has helped Feather and Lawry Design speed up their process and improve productivity overall.
Director and Senior Architect Michael Fleming explains: “Having our drawing sets available online means we save a lot of time and rework because anyone can access updated information on a project immediately. It’s that streamlining of our process from a quality management point of view where we’ve really seen the impact”.
In the architecture and design industries, complex projects require extensive collaboration by multiple teams and consultants - often to tight deadlines. For Fender Katsalidis Associate Joel Lee, the software was instrumental while his team was working remotely. “It’s opened up a range of new ways we can collaborate and communicate without being in the same place, and we can engage more quickly to solve problems during the design process”.
While many offices are revamping their spaces with a larger focus on meeting areas, Drawboard Projects markup functionality and digital whiteboard features can be used both in-person and virtually so everyone stays updated with developments. This allows remote workers the same ability to engage and contribute as their in person colleagues.
Anya Lee, Architect at Hassell, explains: “What ties Drawboard Projects and Hassell together is the idea of a big, collaborative drawboard. We can all still stand around and discuss things without actually standing around. Sometimes our reviewers are in other offices, but Drawboard means they are still very present in the design process, and they can give us real time information back”.
Architecture firm Barr Gazetas found Drawboard versatile, intuitive and easy to implement; the software is now used as a company wide communication tool and an essential element of their hybrid workflows. For Studio Manager Gemma Jachnik, “there’s different ways of using the software depending on your device and style of working. I’m not working on design projects but I use it to manage things behind the scenes and mark up presentations”.
The rapid digital transformation we have experienced due to COVID-19 has paved the way for permanent hybrid working environments. At Drawboard we want to support all workplaces with virtual collaboration solutions that work without paper.
We are a PDF and collaboration company. We believe that creating more effective connections between people reduces waste.
Our best work has been overtaken by busywork. That’s why we’ve created ways to help people get back to working wonders without any paper in sight.
Drawboard PDF lets you mark up and share with ease, and Drawboard Projects brings collaborative design review to architecture and engineering teams.
At Drawboard, we work our magic so our customers can get back to working theirs.