Risks, opportunities and the importance of maintaining balance
What will the working world look like without a recession and with a vaccine? One thing that is becoming clearer is that we are not returning to the office en masse. Although percentages differ, studies have shown that working from home will remain the norm. After all, we are all seeing how well it works in practice – right?
Partially, but not across the board. That’s because those same studies are also shining a spotlight on something else: that a third of people are not that excited about working from home. The first complaints have hit the news, as workers complain of fatigue, stress and a disrupted work-life balance. People are also starting to miss the office environment. That’s unsurprising, considering that offices are not simply a collection of desks and chairs – but a place to interact with others, to achieve that which cannot be achieved on one’s own.
It’s fair to say that you will probably need fewer of those desks and chairs, now as well as later. That’s fairly easy to manage and can have interesting cost benefits. But remember, these short-term savings can cause a lot of damage down the road. Because if people are your biggest asset, where will they find each other to do the work your organisation stands for?
BRICKS, BYTES en BEHAVIOUR
Here's the answer: a new type of workplace. One that may be smaller, but which stimulates social cohesion and facilitates hybrid work. This way, employees can always find the optimal balance between on and offline work for each task, project and work method; both remotely and in the office. It will also use the right technology, so that time and space do not constrain efficient and effective collaboration.
CBRE published a white paper earlier this year on the precarious balance between BRICKS (real estate), BYTES (technology) and BEHAVIOUR (social capital). A downsize in one domain inexorably leads to upscaling the other two. Real estate is not about metres – it’s about people.
You have to do something about empty and unused work floors. Although saving money on workplaces is one solution, it also bears risk. Before taking action, consider a hybrid workplace strategy. Request the white paper now and you will receive it today.
Spacesizing: seeking the ideal mix
It only makes sense to get rid of work space if what you remove (i.e. space) does not come at the expense of removing what keeps your organisation afloat (cohesion). Working from home seems to have become the new standard permanently, even with the arrival of a vaccine. As a result, many organizations will primarily focus on where people can or must work.
Even so, it is wise to consider what type of work they do. Only then can you determine why and where the work could be optimally done. You can arrive at a well-considered evaluation if you approach your workplace dilemmas in this order and make sustainable decisions that fit seamlessly within your hybrid workplace strategy.
This balancing act can easily give rise to mistakes. We call this method ‘spacesizing’ and we will happily guide you through it.
Here’s how it works.
The spacesizing process is tailor-made for your organisation. Together, we look for the optimal balance between:
- The required space, both now and after corona;
- The technology needed for responsible remote work;
- Maintaining and strengthening your social capital.
You will receive recommendations and practical instructions in three steps:
We analyse your current real estate portfolio and map out your potential space and cost saving opportunities through various scenarios and for different working methods. You will receive a strategy report with our findings
2. Fit and measurements
We examine your work patterns and employee roles using a work mode survey. We look at what tasks can be performed remotely, and for which you need a physical space. That’s how we determine the size of your new workplace and the activities that should be facilitated there. You will receive a prototype of your ‘new way of working’ model
We advise you on the best strategic approach for implementation of the changes, in addition to advising you about the space you need, can get rid of or adapt. We also help your employees to engage and remain engaged. You will receive an implementation plan with advice for rolling-out changes in your real estate portfolio and among your employees.
Obligation-free video call
Schedule an obligation-free video call in our calendar today. We will talk through your organisation’s most important dilemmas. In just 30 minutes, it will be clear whether space-sizing is the answer to your workplace question.