The pandemic proved work can be done anywhere as long as Wi-Fi is available. Now companies are figuring out how to bring employees back to work at an office once the investments have been poured into developing the physical space.
According to a survey from McKinsey on consumer interest and purchasing power, 79 percent of respondents said they believe wellness is important while 42 percent consider it a top priority. Consumers in each market studied reported a substantial increase in the prioritization of wellness over the past two to three years.
As employees continue to prioritize their physical and mental health, many employers now seek office space with the potential to meet those needs. In-house yoga studios, state-of-the-art gyms, and designated outdoor spaces are becoming standard features. However, it’s going to take a lot more than amenities to entice employees. People want to make their morning commutes to work as seamless as possible while working in an area in close proximity to their favorite restaurants, shops, and activities. These are the very reasons that make downtown cores and up-and-coming regions so desirable and competitive.
Forward-looking companies are finding ways to be nimble, allowing their employees to adopt hybrid schedules and use their office space as needed. Plus, the reintegration of going back to the office has its benefits. There is a boost in collaboration, company culture is solidified and a stronger bond is created among employees. The office also allows for a clear boundary between life and work – a fine line that tended to bleed over during the pandemic as many employees reported burnout when we all worked from home.
The future of office space will now revolve around employees’ needs and will prove to be successful as people begin to return to the office. By providing employees with the space needed to get their work done while giving them amenities that they desire, dedicating your investments to a physical office will be money well spent and see returns for years to come.