Many have claimed that the end of the office is upon us. While this prediction seems far-fetched, we should still prepare for a major transformation of workspaces in the near future.
However you feel about offices, they have stood the test of time. Throughout all unprecedented times in society, offices have been a beacon of teamwork, connection and community.
Additionally, the growing popularity of remote working can be linked to feelings of isolation, which can lead to depression and other mental health problems.
Offices offer a place of inspiration that allows professionals to focus on their ambitions, while uplifting their colleagues. Working from home can hurt these important social connections and it can be hard to recreate those experiences.
In the past, companies have promised to avoid taking out long-term leases. However, they seemingly always flock back to them. This time may be different though as the pandemic threatens the health and safety of the world.
The virus has inevitably changed the way we work and forced companies to adopt technologies that may have been avoided for another decade. While the end of offices is not here, our relationship with them will most definitely change.
Instead of spending 40 hours a week in the same workspace, a hybrid of in-person and remote working will likely be adopted. This allows organizations to reap the cost-effective benefits of home working, with the community-driven perks of an office.