Although the concept seems far fetched, we will eventually be coming back to our offices to a world transformed by one of the most unprecedented eras in recent history.
While businesses may not be ready to welcome in workers just yet, leaders of flexible workspace providers have already been addressing the necessary changes needed for them to continue operating in the future.
For instance, Knotel CEO Amol Sarva said that the company will need to make major design changes that encourage physical distancing and reduced density to keep their spaces safe.
Commercial office space demand has dropped dramatically after states across the country implemented stay-home orders. While this has hurt the industry in the short-term, some experts believe that companies will flock to flexible offices after the worst is over.
“In times of uncertainty, flexibility and agility are more important than ever,” said Ryan Simonetti, CEO of Convene.
He added that companies will not have the capacity to deal with consistent sanitization and upkeep of their spaces and will avoid committing to long-term leases in an uncertain economy.
Jamie Hodari, CEO of Industrious, said he is anticipating flexible office operators to lean towards management agreements with landlords in lieu of traditional leases.