Remote working has kept many companies afloat during ongoing lockdowns for the time being, but this shift is expected to change the way we work for good.
According to an updated survey from CoreNet Global, many corporate real estate professionals agree that remote working will be part of the new normal after the pandemic has passed.
The survey of 11,000 respondents was conducted from April 22 until April 27, following three previous surveys about the same topic conducted throughout March. The most recent findings revealed that 94% of end users believe that remote working will continue beyond the crisis, marking a 22% increase from the mid-March survey.
“This suggests that for most companies the remote-working experiment is working well,” said Tim Venable, senior vice president of CoreNet Global. “Remote working expanded dramatically due to the coronavirus, and the data suggest that companies will continue to rely on it as part of their workplace strategy moving forward.”
Additionally, 69% of respondents said they anticipate that their company’s real estate will decline as more employees opt to work from home, an 18% increase from the end-of-March survey.
Venable added that some companies will take up less space in order to reduce costs, while those who are using remote working less extensively could help decrease the density of their current offices to accommodate physical distancing guidelines.