What To Expect When We Return To The Office

While the workforce gets ready to return to the office depending on the industry and job nature this return could take different forms. However most industry experts agreed that the workforce will not be returning to a pre-pandemic office.

 

This survey by  who interviewed 20+ workplace designers and strategists on their plans to return the office, what they see for the workplace in 2021, and what could derail return to work plans provides insights into the post pandemic office everyone is anticipating.

 

As we pass the one year anniversary of the mass movement out of our offices, I surveyed a group of designers and strategists about when and how we will return to the office, it is evident from those discussions that our return to the office will take different forms and may take longer than we currently anticipate.

 

The survey conducted in late February 2021 included participants located across the US from Boston to Portland to Houston. The participants include individuals from design firms, brokerage companies and other allies with the common thread that all participants are seasoned experts in workplace design and strategy.

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FUTURE OF WORK: 3 COMPELLING REASONS TO BRING WORKERS BACK INTO THE OFFICE

How is the office still relevant in the age of flexible work? Despite the rise in remote work, studies have shown that most workers do not want to work from home all the time. Most would still want to work from the office a few times a week.

 

So what are the primary drivers for workers returning to the office? This article by Cecilia Amador de San José, Senior Associate Editor of Allwork.Space, explains 3 key reasons for workers returning to the office.

 

Only 12% of workers want to work from home all the time, according to Gensler.
  • Gensler’s 2020 Workplace Survey found that only 12% of workers want to work from home all the time.
  • Why do employees want to go back to the office? For in-person meetings, socializing, and impromptu face-to-face collaboration.
  • But it’s also about health, as too much time spent working from home is putting additional strain on work/life separation, leading to stress and burnout.

 

By now, it’s clear that the office isn’t going away. And yet, with the rise in remote work and an increasing number of companies adopting hybrid work models, it is just as clear that the role of the office has evolved and the workplace is not likely to ever operate the same as it did prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Just because you can work from home doesn’t mean you’ll be allowed to

The pandemic has created a now widely adopted work-from-home culture. However as offices start opening to welcome back their employees organizations have to rethink what workers can continue to work from home and who should be back at the office.

 

The decision on which jobs are heading back to the office and which can stay home will vary widely depending on nature of the job and the industry. This article by 

 

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America’s vaccine rollout is happening faster than expected, with the general population now eligible to get their shot this week instead of in May or June, as originally anticipated. In turn, some office workers in the United States are going back to the office sooner than we thought. When they return and how often they’re expected to be at their desks, however, could vary widely.

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What Cowork Spaces Should Be Like In The Post-Covid World

The pandemic has definitely disrupted the coworking industry. However with the workforce returning to the office and economy recovering things are looking up for the coworking industry.

 

How will coworking spaces emerge from this recovery?

 

This article by  provides key insights into how coworking would look like post pandemic.

 

  • The revolutionary shift to more accessible, flexible and affordable coworking spaces has led to the growth of the sector
  • Flexible and agile workspaces are a more practical choice as businesses rise up to tackle the new normal
  • Coworking industry will surely witness a boom in a post-Covid world as it has a lot of benefits to offer which businesses are now on the lookout for

 

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended the world in a multitude of ways, specifically in terms of how we worked. The past few years have seen unparalleled success for the coworking industry in India.

 

The revolutionary shift to more accessible, flexible and affordable coworking spaces has led to the growth of the sector. The current disruption on account of the pandemic is being taken as temporary as the coworking landscape is expected to witness a resurgence once the economy recovers from the ramifications of the lockdown.

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THE ULTIMATE DEFINING TERM OF THE FUTURE: WORK FROM ANYWHERE

The pandemic has definitely shaped the way we work in the past year. Terms like Work From Home (WFH) and Remote Work are now widely used. In response to the “new work normal” a new phrase has come up in everyone’s vocabulary, Work From Anywhere (WFA).

 

So what does work from anywhere mean and how will it influence the way we work? This article by Jamie Orr explains what it means and how it will shape the future of work.

 

Similar to how the pandemic has hastened a rise in working from home, it has also accelerated real estate strategies around working from anywhere.
  • The GWA’s annual conference covered topics ranging from the current pandemic to the impacts and opportunities for the industry with a redistributed workforce. 
  • During the event, experts argued how the work from anywhere trend will affect enterprise portfolios and how flexspace providers can respond.
  • The demand for increased flexibility will require a shift in how buildings are developed and upgraded, according to the panelists.

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Wellbeing, Culture And The Evolving Workplace

As the workplace evolves with the way we work, new workplace strategy should embrace flexibility, wellness and people centric solutions to create healthy and inspiring workspaces.

 

This article by  offers great insights into how companies can incorporate wellbeing and culture into their workplace strategy successfully.

 

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Across the globe, the events of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic brought forth an acute awareness of public health and personal wellbeing. Millions of people were forced to address wellness and work/life balance in new and unexpected ways. As a result, employers have stepped up to offer flexibility, incentives, and amenities to support a new era of work/life integration that promotes health and wellness for all.

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FUTURE OF WORK: HYBRID WORK MODELS COULD HELP BUSINESSES SAVE $500B A YEAR

Hybrid work has been gaining a lot of attention and adoption. Is this just a hype or is there a business case for going hybrid?

 

This article by Cecilia Amador de San José, Senior Associate Editor of Allwork.Space examines the business benefits of hybrid work models and highlights 5 key areas that will benefit most.

 

The financial benefit comes from five key areas: improved productivity, real estate cost savings, reduced absenteeism, better business continuity, and reduced staff turnover.
  • A new report highlights the business benefits of flexible and remote work, which includes billions of dollars in cost savings.
  • Most employees don’t want to work remotely or from the office full-time; the majority of workers prefer a hybrid approach.
  • This comes from five key areas: productivity, real estate costs, reduced absenteeism, business continuity, and reduced staff turnover.  

 

recent report by Global Workplace Analytics and Design Public Group (DPG) found that “employers could collectively save over $500B a year — roughly equal to the GDP of Sweden, Belgium, or Poland—or almost $11k for each employee who works at home half of the time.”

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Will a Hybrid Workforce Model Work for Your Business?

After a year of remote work and work from home it is anticipated most companies will adopt a more flexible or hybrid work policy as the workforce starts returning to the office post pandemic.

 

The key question is will the hybrid work model work for every business? This article by JOE GALVIN explores both the pros and cons of going hybrid.

 

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Today we are living in a largely separated world, connected by technology. While we moved to a work-from-home model in the spring out of necessity, many employees have become used to working from home and its many conveniences. Gen Y and Millennial workers no longer see work-from-home as a perk, rather it’s become a requirement. The relentless demand for talent will now make work-from-home a competitive and differentiating feature.

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Workplace disrupted – five themes that will define the future of work

How has the pandemic changed the future of work?

 

We want to share this article by C. Vijayakumar, President and Chief Executive Officer, HCL Technologies which lays out 5 key themes that will shape the future of work.

 

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  • The post-COVID era will be shaped more definitively by technology than any other force in the global theatre today.
  • The way people work and interact with their workplaces and the way companies operate will see tremendous changes.
  • We can group them under five core themes: work from anywhere; work for all; work at will; work smarter; and work for planet.

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“WE’RE NOT GOING BACK”: THE POST-CRISIS WORKPLACE IS HYBRID

The hybrid work model has been gaining a lot of attention and the popular consensus is that most organizations will incorporate some kind of work flexibility for the returning workforce. Therefore the hybrid workplace model will be widely adopted by most companies post pandemic.

 

This article by Jo Meunier (née Disney), AllWork’s Senior Editor for the UK and Europe shares useful insights into the benefits and expectations of companies going hybrid.

 

The future is hybrid. Yet, the hybrid approach will need a ‘tech wrapper’ to enable a better employee experience.
  • A survey by IDC carried out in August 2020 found that before the Covid-19 pandemic, 8.4% of people in the US worked from home full or part-time, and in the post-crisis future, that figure is expected to be 15.8%
  • Because flexible work has proven to be highly beneficial, the future will incorporate hybrid work. 
  • A hybrid approach combines the benefits of working from home with the core reasons we use offices. 

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