1 in 3 people say return-to-office negatively impacted their mental health

Studies have shown that return-to-office is creating tremendous mental stress on workers. What is causing this stress and what concerns should companies address in their return-to-office policy?

 

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Roughly 1 in 3 workers back in the workplace said the return-to-office shift negatively impacted their mental health, according to a June McKinsey survey of 1,602 employed people.

 

Workers who experienced declines in their mental health were five times more likely to report taking on reduced responsibility at work. Meanwhile, another 1 in 3 workers said going back to an office had a positive impact on their mental health, with the primary benefit being they feel more engaged upon their return.

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What is a ‘third space’ venue – and could it be the future of hybrid working?

What is a ‘third space’ venue? Can this further accelerate remote working and work from anywhere? How can companies embrace ‘third space’ as part of hybrid working?

 

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  • ‘Third space’ working offers a creative alternative to the home or office environment.
  • Restaurants, hotels and private clubs have found new revenue streams by hosting remote working sessions.
  • 90% of companies anticipate a hybrid working approach, post-pandemic.

 

As many companies move towards a hybrid operating model where employees are split between office and home, a third way of working is growing increasingly popular.

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The Future Of Work – What’s The Point Of A Shared Workplace?

Co-working has been evolving even before the pandemic. So how will co-working take shape post-pandemic?

 

More importantly how will co-working fit into the future of work as workers return to office and also with the increasing adoption of hybrid work?

 

After being in the co-working office space sector for close to 10 years, I’ve seen it change immensely during that time. It started with a few early adopters and is now much more mainstream as a new way of working.

 

As the first glances of a post-pandemic world creep into view, one of the biggest questions remains around how we will all be working in the future. The pandemic forced many to work from home, who were confronted with a whole wave of both challenges and benefits. Undoubtedly, the world of work has been permanently changed, with flexible work arrangements now much more feasible.

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Don’t Let Employees Pick Their WFH Days

As hybrid work becomes increasingly popular how can companies efficiently embrace and manage a hybrid workforce?

 

Should it be the managers or employees to decide which days to work from home and which days to go in the office?

 

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As U.S. states and the federal government start to roll back Covid-19 restrictions, and companies and workers start to firm up their office return plans, one point is becoming clear: The future of working from home (WFH) is hybrid.

 

But another question is controversial: How much choice should workers have in the matter?

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25+ Things Members Want From Your Coworking Space

With the increasing adoption of hybrid work the industry is also seeing an increase in demand for coworking space.

 

However for coworking and flex space operators to attract and retain members they need to really understand what members want and to continually improve on their offerings.

 

Here are some tips that differentiate a good from a great coworking space.

 

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As we two-step toward something approaching normal life in your coworking space, let’s take a minute to re-center on your members—and what they want.

 

As you prepare for the workspace wave, here are 25+ things members want from your coworking space.

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Getting People Back To The Office: 5 Critical Factors For Hybrid Work

It is quite clear by now that most companies will not be able to get their employees back at the office full time. Therefore hybrid work is likely the best compromise for both employers and employees.

 

How can companies implement hybrid work successfully?

 

Here are some tips for a smooth implementation.

 

It seems almost every leader and almost every organization are planning for the great return—getting people back to the office on a more regular basis. We know the future of work will be hybrid, with the vast majority of people working from both the office and from their homes. But beyond that, there is a lot of uncertainty and honestly, plenty of room for error.

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5 changes to implement to make a ‘kid-friendly’ coworking and receive moms who do home office

By turning your coworking space into a kid-friendly place, you can attract and receive moms and dads who are in need of a quiet place to work. A ‘kid-friendly’ coworking space offers a great solution especially for remote working parents.

 

5 changes to implement to make a 'kid-friendly' coworking and receive moms who do home office

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Since the school and office closures were implemented due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many working moms have been forced to make home offices. This brings the challenge of being professionals while taking care of our little ones or supervising their online classes.

 

Because of this, going to a ‘kid-friendly’coworking space became the best solution (and a great relief) for us. If you have not yet adapted your establishment to receive mothers and their children, here we tell you what changes can benefit your business.

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How co-working spaces can maintain community spirit in the new normal

As co-working returns from the pandemic it is taking on a more important role than before especially in the new normal. With workers returning to the office co-working is playing a big role in engaging the community and providing a platform for collaboration.

 

 

The pandemic has challenged our society and fundamentally upended its social construct. While its impact may last long with social distancing, lockdowns, and resulting economic fallout becoming the new norms, we do have the resilience to pull through these tough times.

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Co-working looks to make a comeback as economy rebounds from pandemic

As the economy opens up and workers returning to the office, short-term flex office spaces could help employers and employees return to work as well as help companies transition to a hybrid work arrangement.

 

Workspace at Industrious' Glendale location (Courtesy Granite Properties)

Workspace at Industrious’ Glendale location (Courtesy Granite Properties)

What You Need To Know

    • After a down year, co-working companies are looking to rebound
    • As the economy opens up and people are getting COVID-19 vaccines, many employers are looking at ways to bring workers back to the office
    • The coronavirus and shutdown orders caused many co-working companies to collapse due to lack of demand
    • Short-term flex office spaces could help employers and employees return to work

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3 ways the pandemic changed what the office will look like

It is time to reimagine the workplace as offices reopen. The role of the office is expected to change vastly post pandemic.

 

The 3 key areas that will see changes are health and workplace wellness; purposed and private spaces for focused work; and increasing role of the office for building culture.

 

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Last spring, CNBC Make It asked workplace experts how the pandemic could change the future of work.

 

Brent Capron, the interior design director at architecture firm Perkins and Will’s New York studio, predicted workers would come back to the office on a hybrid schedule. They’d continue to do individual focused work from home and convene in office spaces redesigned as “elaborate conference centers” for large gatherings.

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