According to global property consultant CBRE, there are many new office occupancy issues on the minds of corporate executives in 2021 caused by Covid.
Issues that include - room occupancy sensors, more coworking space, smaller private offices, no offices or more collaborative spaces -- they are now grappling with in order to bring employees back to the office in a manner that allows them to make the most efficient use of their office space while accommodating hybrid work.
There is no defined, one-size-fits-all playbook for how companies can accommodate changes in employees' time in the office and support the type of work they will do when there. To that end, a new CBRE study examined 42 companies occupying a cumulative 350 million sq. ft. of office space across the globe to better understand the complex occupancy dynamics behind the trend toward widespread hybrid work.
Their challenge for companies is to accommodate an often uneven flow of employees into and out of the office on a given day, detect patterns around which to shape their office design and amenities, and recalibrate the size of their office portfolio accordingly.
"Many companies understand that they need to create an engaging, productive and efficient workplace to help bring employees back to their offices. Thus, many returning employees will find that their workplaces have evolved beyond those they left last year," said Susan Wasmund, CBRE's Global Occupancy Management Lead. "Over the next few months, many of us will get accustomed to changes such as using an app to book workspace and meeting space for the day, or using the app to find out who is going into the office so that you can meet up."
"There is no one-size-fits-all solution as companies adapt their workplace in response to the pandemic, but most companies will make changes, large and small, to accommodate hybrid work schedules and optimize their office portfolios," said Lenny Beaudoin, CBRE's Executive Managing Director of Workplace, Design and Occupancy. "Real-time occupancy analytics like those contained in this report will be essential as employers recalibrate their workplace strategy for the future."
Key CBRE Hybrid Office Use Report Findings Include: