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 Lisa Killaby 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.
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.
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.
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 Rani Molla provides good insights into what type of jobs in which industry will stay home or move back to the office.
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.
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 Atul Gupta 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.
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.
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.
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 Mark Adams offers great insights into how companies can incorporate wellbeing and culture into their workplace strategy successfully.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.