A report from Cushman & Wakefield has explored the obstacles, challenges, and potential future of how the pandemic will shape the workplace.
According to Bill Knightly, Chief Executive of Global Occupier Services at Cushman & Wakefield, three key components will likely transform the future of the workplace — the fact that workers can be productive outside of the office, choosing when and where they can work is accelerating and a total workplace ecosystem will be the norm
Prior to the pandemic, remote workers had been found to perform at a higher level of productivity.
“Employees are reporting they have the ability to focus when required,” said Knightly. “This is not to say that the current situation has been without challenges, but for the most part, people have been able to adapt and overcome.”
The report revealed that 90% of employees felt that they were trusted to work remotely, and 73% said that they believe their company should adopt some sort of flexible work arrangements.
However, Knightly adds that this is not the end of the office. Instead, the physical workplace will be one that has a more specific purpose and emphasizes functionality and well-being.
“While it is important to acknowledge the success, it is also equally important to learn from the challenges. Although a rather cliched expression, this current state of work is truly the world’s largest work from home experiment,” said Knightly.