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The Office Continues To Play A Crucial Role

According to Cushman & Wakefield’s New Perspective: From Pandemic to Performance series, there are some downsides to working remotely

A 2007 meta-analysis of 46 studies found that workers experienced more harm to their relationships with coworkers when teleworking beyond 2.5 days each week.

Additionally, innovation and engagement seemingly take a hit when workers are communicating virtually. Brainstorming and collaborating becomes much more difficult in a distributed workforce.

Nurturing workplace culture also becomes challenging when working remotely. Organizations have to put in extra effort to create a semblance of community, whether that be through virtual happy hours or creating a Slack channel for watercooler talk.

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Overall, the role of the office will still be essential moving forward. Although it may not look the same in accordance with current COVID-19 guidelines, it can still be a place where workers come together for part of the week and work together.

“Owners and developers will need to identify how to configure a building so that it can be quickly repurposed for the different uses and types of working demanded by occupiers, evolving previously homogenous single-use buildings into mixed/multiple-use environments,” according to Withersworldwide. “The aim will be to change the utility of a space within days, so a building isn’t just tied to a particular usage, or a single occupier.”

ABOUT Aayat Ali
Aayat Ali

Aayat is an editor for the Daily Digest based out of Kentucky. She has worked with local coworking spaces since August of 2017 and enjoys taking her firsthand knowledge to write about the fascinating, constantly evolving world of flexible workspaces. Feel free to reach out to her at [email protected] View all posts by Aayat Ali

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