Your next office
A practical guide to creating an office that works for your people
As the vaccination rate continues to rise in the country, companies are in the process of calling their employees back to office. But if you have not yet finalised the plan to reconfigure the office space, you are not alone.
As the pandemic has kept things fluid, companies continue to experiment and evaluate different models keeping the health and well-being of the staff central to the new design.
In this guide, we have answered five common questions that companies are asking now on supporting their people and accommodating new workplace preferences.
What’s the best workplace strategy for my company?
For many organisations, the future workplace will involve some level of flexibility. The strategy depends on how often the business demands employees to work from the office—is it 80-90% of the time, or 40-80% of the time, or is it primarily remote.
Companies will need to decide on dedicated desks, collaborative workspaces, and flex workplaces based on how often they want employees to be in the office. The guide outlines strategies in each scenario.
What should my workplace look like now?
An individual desk or personal workspace might not serve your employees the way it used to in the past. We have learnt throughout the pandemic that the value an office brings goes beyond simply accomplishing tasks and finishing projects.
People want to gather, socialise, engage, meet clients in person and collaborate with their co-workers, and the physical workplace will still be the best place to do it. The guide provides a blueprint for the future office and the demarcation between collaboration and social spaces and individual and support spaces.
Where should my company locate its operations?
Office location will remain a decision of strategic importance post-pandemic. Not only does location and site selection impact financial performance, but it also influences brand perception, culture and talent retention. The guide will help you to define the headquarter strategy.
What tools does my company need to succeed?
Not only will technology tools help drive your safe return to office, but they will also be critical components in maintaining health and wellness in the workplace and implementing a flexible work environment.
Among many other benefits, today’s real estate technology can help provide centralised, real-time reporting of space capacity and availability, manage the cost of your workplace, and understand how different things are impacting your company’s productivity.
What should I be doing right now to get started?
It’s important to remember that every organisation is different, and there’s not one single path you can take to finding your new normal.
The most important thing that real estate managers can do is track employee attendance and space utilisation patterns. Then, before you make permanent changes to the layout, make sure you’ve taken a holistic and data-driven approach to return to the office. The guide offers a few suggestions on the processes that can help you finalise the new workplace design.
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