The world of work has changed dramatically so far in 2020 and one area that has been in sharp focus has been the use of our workspaces and what the future may hold. Whilst many employees have enjoyed the flexibility of the reduced commute and spending more time with their families, others have found it very challenging, especially young people who may be in shared accommodation and extroverts who crave human interaction on a daily basis.
There has certainly been a shift and we have all pivoted and adapted to the new ways of working but what does the future hold? How can we grasp and keep some of the new positive habits we have formed but also consider the downsides of remote working to ensure our whole employee population can work collaboratively, productively and still maintain a high sense of wellbeing in work?
Many have predicted the end of the office as we know it but have they really considered the most important asset to any organisation—their people? Stories are starting to emerge about the challenges that young people have had in cramped shared accommodation with no ‘dedicated’ space to work, the reduction of creativity and collaboration and those short invaluable conversations with colleagues without booking in a dedicated zoom or teams meeting.
There has been a lot of discussion in recent months and some wild predictions too so we wanted to bring some clarity to the debate and speak to our network around the world to get their view on the future of the workplace from different areas of the world and get some expert opinion to help you shape your future workspace strategy.