Workplace culture as we once knew it has drastically changed over the course of just six months, and with this is an ongoing debate about what role the office will play in the future. While some companies are dedicated to a remote working arrangement, others are eager to return to the workplace.
Although it appears that this could be bad news for the office industry, it may actually create new opportunities unlike any other. Experts have predicted an office space that was more digitally integrated for years now, and this change has been accelerated due to the pandemic.
Now, property owners can begin creating long-term plans that implement digital tools to make working in and out of the office a seamless experience for employees.
For instance, many companies have opted to continue operating with a distributed workforce. However, this arrangement is not a one-size-fits-all approach, so business leaders should consider adopting satellite offices outside of the company’s main hub to better accommodate employees. Such workspaces would be equipped with the appropriate health and safety precautions, while providing users access to digital tools that make collaborating and meeting with colleagues easy.
In doing so, property teams can also have a better idea of how their occupiers are using their space now and in the future. This provides better insight into how to configure the office’s design and layout to create the ideal office for users.
Additionally, adopting such offices can help companies become more flexible and agile. This means short-term leases and the ability to scale up or down as needed.