The past year has highlighted the varying work preferences of employees, and employers are looking for innovative ways to accommodate every work style.
The pandemic has proven that people are just as productive, if not more, when working from home.
Still, workers have expressed missing impromptu conversations with their colleagues and the feeling of community in the workplace. The desire for both work arrangements has led to the emergence of hybrid workers.
According to a recent Gensler poll, 30% of workers want to work full-time, while 50% would prefer a hybrid arrangement that includes the ability to work from home and in the office throughout the week.
This means business leaders will need to rethink their real estate strategies. In fact, Gensler found that only 46% of employees prefer open-office plans.
While the office will likely serve as a place for collaboration, it will also need to include private workspaces to ensure that workers have a safe place to get individual work done.