As vaccines begin to be distributed worldwide, there is hope that employees will return to the office. But the reality is many workers enjoy the ability to work from home, which is why leaders will need to strategize work policies that marry both arrangements.
Not only are new operational models needed to accommodate the needs of employees, but businesses need risk mitigation plans in case of another potential crisis, whether it be a pandemic or a natural disaster.
A survey from CBRE has found that 86% of respondents view flexible offices as a crucial component for the future of their real estate strategies.
Flexible offices provide a safe workspace alternative for companies who are either not ready to commit to long-term leases, or have decided to adopt a hybrid work arrangement on a permanent basis.
These workspaces are fully-equipped, typically technology-enabled and meet the varying work styles of employees. However, it is important to note that flexible arrangements are still not one-size-fits-all, so listening to what employees need out of their work environment will be essential.
One thing to keep in mind when transitioning to a more flexible work arrangement is maintaining workplace culture.
When employees are working from various locations, it can be hard to keep them engaged and connected. It will be up to employers to find unique ways of bringing teams together, while still ensuring that their workplace needs are met.