The corona crisis gives many people an accelerated introduction to flexible working (from home). Due to the effects on traffic, the environment and the required office capacity, it seems obvious that our way of working will change. More support for flexibility is expected to arise from both office users and their employers.
It also becomes very clear that working from home only, is not the solution. That the available digital resources don’t solve everything. Offices will continue to play a major role for cooperation, meeting, feeling of togetherness, social interaction and knowledge sharing.
But in what form? Well, for that, the evolution of offices may accelerate. Because ultimately, employers and their office users determine how to deal with this. Of course there are other priorities first. Such as health, fighting the corona virus, keeping the economy afloat, your company and facilitating home workplaces.
The economy in particular will be a challenge. Undoubtedly, therefore, cost awareness will again become more important with regard to housing. A change in the discussion from infection rate to occupancy rate in facility services seems logical. Or perhaps a combination of these? The chance that this will be heard by management is much greater. Why should planned investments in the office continue? Occupancy rates are already low, and employees may soon be asked to make a sacrifice or special commitment. Anyway a period to jointly see how things can be done differently!
The ‘future’ working
Ultimately, it is about creating a pleasant, healthy, sustainable and therefore optimally utilized working environment. We think this will be a very flexible model. With ingredients such as working from home, traveling when it is necessary and less busy, using professional 3rd workplaces between home and the office of your organization, and of course just working at the office of your organization.
The great thing is, that this can be done in a good and sustainable way with a much smaller total number of workplaces. That is good for the environment and your wallet. However, this is only possible with a strong increase in the share of shared workplaces. Of course only where possible. Does your organization know how many workplaces, and which types are really needed for your business process? And if you mainly use shared workplaces and give your office users more flexibility? In addition, you may be able to afford to make workplaces more attractive and luxurious if you need much less of them.
Even if your number of workplaces is greatly reduced, there will still be peaks and dips in use over time. Are you willing to share your unused workplaces with others as professional 3rd workplaces? And they with you? Would you like to have compensation for this? Or do you see sufficient opportunities in the extra activity, creativity and possible extra turnover that results from this?
Food for thought in this special time. Later, when we carefully go back to the office, the first dust has settled, it may be a good time to consider this together. We are happy to help you, for example, provide insight into the use of your office. With continuous capacity utilization measurement, you can create internal support and have a good discussion about how to proceed. We can test your ideas with data-driven experiments and substantiate them in practice before you implement major changes. More information: please feel free to contact us.