Design

WFH v The workplace

November

Several months have now passed since the majority of people were forced to start working from home daily.

At first, there was confusion as to how certain people would be able to undertake their work without having the use of their workplace tools and face to face interaction. However, time passed and as you’d expect, people adapted. Home offices were built, zoom calls were frequent and fun, and many were enjoying the fact that their daily commute was no longer than a gentle stroll down the stairs.

As time has gone by the rhetoric has changed. What was once seen as a temporary solution until we returned to the office as before has evolved and opened a discussion about the long-term strategy for workplace requirements. Business owners now have the unenviable task of figuring out what their next move is with their workplace and how to develop a strategy that benefits not only their people but their business.

One of the key areas to work out is how much space do you really need? Each company operates in their own way, meaning two companies with the same amount of staff may require different sized spaces. If you are willing to give people flexibility with how many days they work in the office, then it gives a good starting point to figure out how many people you may have at your workplace at any one time.

We wanted to see what people thought about working from the office or at home and put out a poll. A total of 867 votes were cast and delivered the following result.  

Q: If given the choice, how many days a week would you work in the office?

Zero days - 15%

1-2 days a week – 40%

3-4 days a week – 33%

Everyday – 11%

Clearly there is still the desire for people to work in an office, even if this is only 1-2 days a week. If businesses are prepared to provide flexibility then it will be hugely important for them to introduce a clear policy for employees and how they can split their time between home and office. If they can do this now, it will enable them to plot out a plan to adapt their current workplace or potentially look to move to a new space that compliments their needs.

It feels a certainty that the way many companies use their workplace is going to change permanently moving forward. Enabling personal connections to be nurtured,teams to collaborate and focused work zones are some of the top requirements for companies to decide. That change doesn’t need to be a daunting thought, it should in fact be seen as an opportunity for businesses to re-evaluate their workplace and get the best out of its inhabitants.

Having a plan for their workplace and what it will look like for them over the next 12 months will prove important on the road to getting back that stability we were all once used too.