Once the threat of COVID-19 subsides, the business world that emerges will be very different. This ‘new normal’ will see the workforce expecting a more flexible approach to the way we work and a reduction in real estate needs.
Large parts of the workforce will want to reduce commute times and work more flexibly. The office will become a place to collaborate and meet with clients.
Condeco can help you safely return to the office and manage the new normal.
Most employees worked in the office, with occasional working from home options. Workplaces were mainly designed for either assigned desks or for mobile workers who used hot-desking, which was mainly operated as free-addressing – turn up and sit down. With 1.2 employees per desk as the accepted ratio for non-assigned workspaces and around 10m2 per workspace for higher density benches and team tables.
60% of employees will remain working from home due to safety of commuting and reduced desk availability in the office. Booking a desk for a whole day in the office will be the requirement in order to meet new sanitization rules, with no free-addressing available. Employee to desk ratios will change, with three employees per usable desk, and the space per desk increasing to 20m2 to meet social distancing mandates. Overnight sanitization of workspaces will be performed before employee changeover.
Fully adopted flexible working practices with employees choosing where to work will become the new global standard, coming into the office infrequently to collaborate and meet clients. Employees will continue to reserve desk spaces when visiting the office meaning a significant reduction in real estate, with 15m2 per workspace provision as the norm and reduced use of open benching and team tables, reducing employee demand for office space.
Flexible working is no longer optional and free addressing will be impractical, inappropriate and quite possibly expressly forbidden.
Did you know?
In 2020, 62% of businesses expect to see remote working increase significantly*.
Rethinking your office purpose: less capacity but more collaboration.
Tools that deliver for your employees and business alike.
Flexibility and reduced reliance on physical offices are set to become long-term arrangements. So what will the key ‘new normal’ trends be and how do we deliver them?
A strong technology-based solution is the only way to effectively manage the return to the office, but the investment in technology will be repaid in productivity and an eventual reduction in real estate.