Probably, yes. But will it be the same size and used in the same way? Almost certainly not.
Any organisation with large offices will no doubt be asking what the future of their property portfolio looks like. The rapid shift to remote working has proved that people are capable of running large organisations from their home office or kitchen table. Facilities teams and CFOs are now asking themselves what this means for the shape and size of their offices.
Here’s our run-down of how to handle this topic from an internal communication perspective.
We still don’t know when offices will be allowed to reopen, so right now your focus should be on helping your people be as productive, collaborative and secure as they can while working from home:
For some, the shift to remote working has been welcome and they are thriving under new autonomy. Others are struggling with isolation, lack of support and complicating factors at home. Your communications should be as inclusive as possible right now, to minimise stress and anxiety:
Whether you’re in the happy-at-home or the can’t-wait-to-be-back-with-the-team camp, you’ll want to know that whatever happens, you’ll be safe. Lead the establishment of a taskforce – with representatives from leadership, facilities, HR, IT – to start planning the future of shared spaces and the impact on your people:
It’s very likely that any return to offices will be done tentatively and in a phased approach. Use this to your advantage and only move as fast as you need to. If you’re operating ok with your current remote ways of working, don’t rush to change them:
Remote working has shaken everything up. There have been difficulties, but there are have also been some huge wins. In conversation with our clients, we often pause to reflect on ‘what are the parts of lockdown that you like, and want to retain in the future?’
There are many parts that people remember fondly: appreciating time outdoors, quality (virtual) time with friends and family, healthier work-life balance, digital downtime, new focus on diet. It’s important, as leaders consider the future of work spaces, that they ask employees what’s important to them.
Shiny tower-blocks and artisan espresso bars may appeal to some, but the working environments of the future are going to have to be more considered, more flexible and more employee-centric. If an outcome of this devastating pandemic is that the needs and preferences of employees are put back at the heart of decisions around the spaces and ways in which we work, then perhaps there can be some positive outcomes.
If you’re ready to start thinking about what your offices will look like in the near future, then talk to us. We can help you build an engagement strategy that ensures your people are kept front and centre of any decisions that are made. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org