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What does the future hold for Office working?

Tuesday, 01 June 2021

We don’t need to remind everyone what a turbulent 12 months it's been, for many of us it's been both personally and professionally challenging. When Boris told the country to work from home, the hustle and bustle of towns and business parks fell silent and offices up and down the UK became still. But after 3 lockdowns, the ongoing roll out of the vaccine and a roadmap of returning to normal life, what does this mean for our offices?

 

The new buzz word on the block is hybrid working; a combination of office and home working. A recent report from the BBC stated that 50 of the UK's biggest employers questioned by the BBC have said they do not plan to bring staff back to the office full-time. Instead they plan to offer a hybrid system with many requesting staff to be in the office 2-3 times a week. 


A survey carried out by Totem showed that older workers are more likely to prefer hybrid working models than younger people. Half of employees aged 18 to 24 want to return to the office full time, compared to just 29 per cent of over 55s. From a cultural and wellbeing stance, how hybrid working will affect individuals in these ways is still to be seen. 


For sure, those members of staff with long commutes or childcare are likely to benefit but how it’ll impact the economy in other ways is yet to be fully seen. Those cafes or sandwich shops who rely on busy lunchtimes, or those small boutique shops who pick up trade from commuters, could be affected. 


At Whybrow we cover both commercial and industrial properties, and since Boris announced the 21st June as a key date in the unlocking of the country, we have seen an increase in enquiries for office space. From our viewpoint, this shows a clear desire for office working whether that to be part of hybrid working options or from a full time stance. Speaking to our clients, we are frequently told how employees are citing a return to the office as a positive for their mental health and many cannot wait to get back. Personal interaction is key. 


So is the future of the office dead? We don’t think so. Hybrid working may become popular but whatever twists and turns Covid-19 throws at us, we see companies still heavily relying on the office environment. 


For our current office letting or sales opportunities, please visit https://www.whybrow.net/Property-Search or get in touch with a member of the team!

 

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