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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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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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? How will WFA 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.

 

In a panel discussion titled, “THE Defining Term of the Future: Work From Anywhere”, speakers provided their perspectives on how the work from anywhere trend will affect enterprise portfolios and how flexspace providers can respond.

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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? What are the pros and cons of going hybrid?

 

Will a Hybrid Workforce Model Work for Your Business?
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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.

 

Although leaders have discovered that remote work can be just as productive, many have also noticed that it has some shortcomings. Balancing the company and employee needs has left CEOs with hard decisions about how we will work moving forward.

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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 share this article 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.

 

It is very important for all of us to understand that the new normal, or next normal in the post-COVID era will be shaped more definitively by technology than any other force in the global theatre today. Every aspect of our lives, from wellbeing to work, and everything else in between, will be massively disrupted in the coming years, thanks to technology.

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The 2021 State of Remote Work

While remote work is not new it has gained a lot of attention in the past year as a result of COVID-19.

 

We share here top insights and data from one of the largest remote work reports – The 2021 State of Remote Work report – put together by Buffer.

 

 

 

This past year, everything changed in the world of remote work.

 

Remote work went from a niche decision some companies made to an inevitable and massive shift in the way that people work around the world. While working from home doesn’t offer the same benefits of truly remote work, it is still a remote experience.

 

As a result of this shift, the 2021 State of Remote Work looks very different this year. To start, our survey asked very different questions. We still looked into the benefits and struggles of remote work, and whether or not people wanted to keep working remotely (even if they were pushed into it rather suddenly). We also found out how many of our respondents worked remotely as a result of COVID-19, and how their experiences differ from folks who worked remotely prior to 2020.

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