The concept of the “future of work” has officially become mainstream over the last several months. Remote working and flexible schedules that were once a far-fetched option for many have quickly become reality.
Simultaneously, the role of the office is in limbo. While the benefits of remote working have been plenty, some professionals are expressing the desire to return to a workplace, even for just the socialization aspect.
With access to vaccines seemingly around the corner, companies are now on a time crunch to determine what their operational strategies will be in the future.
Some companies have already made the commitment to a “virtual first” approach, such as Dropbox. The company is not totally leaving behind the office, rather, it is transitioning to a mostly remote workforce while also setting up its collaborative workspace Dropbox Studios.
Dropbox is just one of many other major companies who are making the shift to a more remote workforce, and this has led white-collar workers to move to the suburbs in lieu of large cities.
This is namely due to people eager to get away from the high costs of living and dense public transportation.
Many companies understand that remote working has several perks, but is not one-size-fits-all. That is why some are still looking to provide workers a place to collaborate and socialize when necessary. This shift has opened a door of opportunities for the flexible and coworking companies.
These spaces offer a quick solution for both employers and employees who are struggling with the work-from-home arrangement, but don’t want the stress of a long commute.