The global workforce has spent the better part of 2020 experimenting with remote working arrangements, which has brought to light the benefits it can provide for businesses.
Even prior to the pandemic, more flexible work policies were expected to shape how companies operate. However, what does that mean for the future of the physical workplace?
A survey from JLL found that almost three quarters of respondents said they want the choice to come into an office, while 70% said the office is the best environment for team-building and connections.
“I’ve personally missed seeing my colleagues this year and working in a collaborative space, and I don’t really know anybody who feels differently,” said Marie Puybaraud, director of global research at JLL. “The office will still be an important part of the work-life mix. Interestingly, the new purpose which is emerging may require more square footage to facilitate this changing work pattern, not less.”
One potential trend that is emerging is the concept of “working near home” which allows employees to come into satellite offices that are closer to their homes. This helps them achieve a healthier work-life balance, without sacrificing the benefits of working remotely.
Additionally, three out of four respondents said they expect their employer to support their wellness and health. This has led some companies to start offering more resources to support employees while they are working from home.
For instance, both Google and Shopify have offered stipends to employees to go towards making their makeshift home offices more comfortable.