Although the midst of the pandemic led many to predict that the end of the office was near and that remote working would be the future, the reality is more flexible.
However, companies are still unsure of how much space they will need in the future and for how long, which has led many to adopt flexible offices.
Dan Zakai, CEO and co-founder of flexible office firm Mindspace, stated there are two notable reasons why demand for flexible office space is growing: occupiers are looking for leases that are more agile and recognize the benefits of these offices.
“Today, corporates are reluctant to take on long-term commitments, while people are eager to get back to the office in one form or another,” said Zakai. “We’re seeing companies coming back post-Covid, but also new user profiles — businesses that used to think more about the long term and now, with the uncertainty of the work environment in a post-Covid world, have an appetite for flexibility.”
While employees are clearly excited to return to the office, analysis finds that workers prefer a hybrid arrangement. This means that business leaders trying to bring employees back into the workspace need to adopt an experience-first approach to create the best environment possible.
Aayat is an editor for the Daily Digest based in Lexington, 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.