The pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the way we work. Many are still working from home and Zoom calls are the new meeting standard. Although we are learning to interact in this way, it’s a poor substitute for an in-person meeting. The conversation just doesn’t flow as well. That being said…most of us have gotten used to it and it has become the “new normal”. Are you sick of that expression yet?
Two recent articles published on the on-line Real Estate News Exchange talks about the Top-6 Ways the workplace is changing post-COVID-19. Their thoughts on this include:
- Communications technology will get better – and fast
- Employees will want to continue working from home, but only for part of the week
- The physical office will still have its place, albeit with a few modifications
- Buildings will focus more on health and wellness
- The workplace itself is likely to change dramatically
- Amenities within buildings will also likely change
One of the passages that really resonated with me related to office space use. The article said “Thirty years of workplace densification is likely to reverse course, to some degree.” and went on to say…
Today, most companies offer either a dedicated (assigned offices/workstations) or agile (unassigned seating) environment.
We may very well see the introduction of “semi-assigned” seating that will have small groups with compatible hybrid work schedules sharing private offices with colleagues with whom they are comfortable. This solution could be the balance of cost-efficiency and the productivity benefits of a dedicated, private workspace.
While there will be a greater demand for individual workspaces and potential shifts in workplace accommodation, the role of collaborative spaces in the office environment will not only stay intact but become more integral.
I know this is not an easy period we are weathering. Please use me as a resource for any questions or concerns you may have about the commercial real estate market. If/when you are ready to look at properties, please know that we have COVID protocols in place to keep you safe and for contract tracing should the need arise. In the meantime, ask about what we can do virtually!