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Exploring the post COVID-19 workplace

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If employees can work efficiently from home, then what is the point of the office? How can we use our real estate and workspaces to best support our organizational and cultural objectives?

At a global level, the COVID-19 crisis has had an immediate impact on the way we work, and at Colliers International we believe that this change will not only affect the way we work in the short term, but will have far-reaching effects on working patterns and environments. In this report, based on data collected from over 5,000 respondents, we will explore where and how we will work in the future and discuss the role of the office.

For some companies that had implemented flexible work practices, it was an evolution. However, many companies were taken by surprise and required intense and rigorous focus to keep their organizations functioning during this difficult time. The biggest surprise for many executives was to discover that their company and its teams could work remotely, be productive and stay connected. This has opened up a new and essential conversation for many companies as they explore their operations and work environments. If employees can work efficiently from home, then what is the point of the office? How can we use our real estate and workspaces to best support our organizational and cultural objectives?

In early March, our global Workplace Advisory team launched the global ‘Work from Home’ experience survey, engaging over 5,000 respondents in 25 countries across 18 sectors. The survey measured the respondents’ experience of working from home plus the level of desire to work from home after COVID-19. The core aim of the survey was to collect data to help improve the ‘work from home experience’ and identify potential medium and long-term impacts for businesses to deliver a more dynamic workplace strategy.

How and where will we work and what will be the impact on office needs for businesses? This report aims to project into the future (1-3 years) on the assumption that measures against COVID-19 will be further relaxed and that there will be little or no new infections detected.

You'll find out:

  1. The results of our research on employee productivity, the willingness to work from home after COVID-19, remote connection, the pro-perso life balance and management methods
  2. Expected impacts on work environments and its post COVID-19 function

Our point of view is driven by the myriad of health, economic and societal criteria. At Colliers, we will continue to measure the impetus for teleworking, how these experiences evolve over time and affect trends, and the impact on real estate requirements.


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Exploring the post COVID-19 workplace

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