Cushman & Wakefield recently conducted the largest known survey about the current massive work-from-home experiment. The analysis of over 40,000 respondents worldwide represented nearly 30 companies across 20 different industries.
The survey revealed that productivity and team collaboration soared thanks to the use of remote technology. More specifically, three-quarters of respondents said they agree or strongly agree that they have been effectively collaborating with their colleagues, a 10% increase from data taken prior to the pandemic. Furthermore, 73% said they hope their companies adopt flexible or remote policies moving forward.
“It’s imperative to recognize that the workplace will no longer be a single location, but an ecosystem of a variety of locations and experiences to support flexibility, functionality and employee wellbeing,” said Brett White, Executive Chairman & CEO of Cushman & Wakefield. “That said, we expect current real estate footprint sizes to remain steady. Flexible working practices may result in fewer people in the office at any one time, but that space-saving is offset by the need to accommodate social distancing in the office.”
However, human connection and socialization have been taking a hit, which can hurt corporate culture. That’s why the office will focus on providing a strong sense of culture, learning and bonding between colleagues moving forward, according to Despina Katsikakis, Head of Workplace Business Performance at Cushman & Wakefield.