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Where & how will we work in the post covid world?


Discover the 2021 international survey carried out by Actineo, the Quality of Life at Work Observatory, in partnership with the Ameublement françaisMaison&Objet and Colliers, who commissioned the Sociovision consultancy (IFOP group) to question employees and self-employed people about their relationship with work and how they work today, remote work before, during and post the covid crisis, and finally the future of work. More than 2 600 employees and self-employed people in 5 major metropolitan areas responded to our survey in January and February 2021: Amsterdam/Rotterdam/The Hague, London and Paris for Europe, Singapore for Asia and San Francisco/Seattle for the US.

74% of respondents are in favour of an employer contribution for equipment at home


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41% miss the office for informal exchanges with colleagues


Key informations

  1. Remote work was already a reality for a quarter of the respondents before the pandemic, but remained occasional. It has accelerated sharply with the crisis and become the norm. In the future, employees would like to work 2 to 3 days a week.
  2. Parisians were the ones who worked from home the most before the pandemic (at least one full day a week) and the ones who were the most dissatisfied with the workplaces they had available, given their needs.
  3. What office workers want most of all is a balance between work and private life; between working in the company and remotly for a better quality of life, more autonomy and flexibility. This means adding to their routine local third places (coworking), a bridge between the office and the home.
  4. The office is not dead: the company is becoming the place to socialise par excellence, the place to meet colleagues and managers for informal and professional discussions.
  5. In the office, the vast majority of employees want to work in a closed office, but the flex office is already a reality and a third would choose it as their first or second choice of layout.
  6. The fundamentals of tomorrow's office are first and foremost the ability to isolate oneself in order to concentrate in suitable spaces. Individual tasks will not only be done at home. Secondly, workspaces must encourage teamwork and collaboration, and promote well-being through an environment where people feel safe and comfortable.
  7. Spaces that make a difference will be environmentally responsible and sustainable, ethical, encouraging creativity. Finally, respondents want an "employee experience" through a meaningful and evolving décor.




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If you have any question, please contact Frédérique Miriel, our Head of  Workplace & Change department at Colliers France. 


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Frederique Miriel



With 25 years of expertise in supporting companies threw the transformation of their working environments in line with their strategic challenges (human and business), Frédérique currently manages the Workplace consulting, Change management and R&D activities of Colliers International France. Its missions consist in advising companies on all aspects of a work environment project.

Initially trained in change management, marketing and support after her first years of professional life in the communication field, Frédérique then worked on working environments transformation projects in France. Through these experiences, she developed a holistic approach to companies by focusing on their culture, changing working methods challenges, economic context and field of activity, and by designing working environments specific to each of her clients.

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