A new survey conducted by Colliers has revealed that many office occupiers are leaning towards de-densifying their office spaces and exploring how to integrate better building ventilation, cleaning and touchless technology.
The research also found that half of the occupiers expect 30% of their employees to return to the office in phases over the next two to three months.
“De-densification of the workplace is the key to unlock benefits in the post COVID era,” said Arnab Ghosh, National Director, Fitout at Colliers India. “It helps occupiers to maintain social distancing, enhance the office space wellness criteria, and reduce infrastructure woes of a city. The success of work from home model in the IT/ITES sector allows occupiers this flexibility today.”
Several of the companies that responded are looking into decreasing office density by up to 20% of pre-pandemic levels. A quarter of respondents also said they had plans to expand their footprint by up to 20% in the next six to eight months.
The combination of de-densifying and increased expansion bodes well for leasing activity over the next couple of months, according to Megha Maan, Senior Associate Director of Research at Colliers.