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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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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How to Design an Office Reopening Plan for Effective Hybrid Work

As more companies embrace the hybrid work model it also begs the question –  what strategy should companies adopt to ensure a successful office reopening?

 

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Companies across the world are thinking about reopening their office doors and welcoming their employees back. Too many, though, are adopting a “wait and see” strategy–that is, they’re planning to unlock their doors and wait to see which–and how many–employees show up. Companies that adopt this approach are setting themselves up for irreparable damage.

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OPTIONS FOR SMALL OFFICES | FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW NORMAL

Options for Small Offices | Flexible Solutions for the New Normal
  • Why Does a Small Business Need Office Space?
  • Office Space Challenges
  • Small Office Space: What are the Options?
  • What is Flexible Space?
  • Changing Mindset
  • How to Get a Flex Office
  • Tips for Creating Your Small Office Space
  • Conclusion

 

Given the events of 2020, particularly the need for physical distancing, the office space industry was heavily impacted. It suffered sweeping vacancies and a sheer drop in demand.

 

So it might seem odd that many small firms chose to keep their office space; some even signed up for new workspace and small office space, even though they couldn’t use it at full occupancy.

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The Future Workspace That Isn’t the Workplace

As offices reopen there is an on-going debate whether people will return to the office full time or continue to work remotely. Could there be another option that people can choose where to work from?

 

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As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been much speculation and debate about whether we will return to our old habits of working in the office 5 days a week, or if working from home creates equal or greater productivity. However, many believe that the future of the workforce will largely be focused on a balance between in-person and in-office working, and a form of remote working, that summates into a new, hybrid model. But if you’re not at home, and you’re not working, then you must be somewhere else- exploring the true in-between of a public and a private space. Enter the concept of the “third” place, which is used to describe everything from coffee shops to banks, and even co-working spaces. If you’ve ever studied for an exam at a bookstore, or even dropped into an airport restaurant to catch up on some work, then you too, have visited a “third” place.

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