Only 33 per cent of UK offices saw occupancy levels above 10 per cent on Tuesday as workers continue to follow the ‘work from home if you can’ directive, according to figures from workplace technology company Freespace.
In comparison, an average of 80 per cent of offices operated at an occupancy above 10 per cent throughout December.
Freespace has more than 120,000 workplace sensors deployed in corporate offices across 130 cities, in 80 countries, and five continents.
The figures were in contrast to research from the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management earlier in the week, which found that more than half of office workers had expected to be back in the office on January 5th, and three-quarters back by the end of this week.
Raj Krishnamurthy, Freespace CEO said: “We must carefully consider the impact the work from home directive is having on employee wellbeing. This current lull in occupancy during the Omicron variant gives business leaders an opportunity to address this, and to reconfigure their workplace to meet employee needs during this unpredictable period. Data from workplace sensors can support employees in a number of ways, not to mention the hygienic assurances it brings.
"For instance, if an employee regularly likes to sit next to a window, or perhaps must, the technology can retain this information and ensure there’s a seat available for them next to a window. This eliminates any concern or stress they may have as to whether a seat is available when they visit the office. It might also identify what sort of temperature or humidity an employee prefers to work in. This data will play a vital role in discussions between senior leaders and department heads over the next few months, and quite possibly beyond.”
Separately, a CBRE report states that in 2022 M&A activity will "grow as interest in the sector remains high and supply limited". It also states that vacancies across the Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris (FLAP) markets will reach "multi-year lows as demand for space rises across Europe’s largest data centre markets, boosting the value of supply that comes online".
It also forecasts that office supply capacity will continue to rise in 2022 and by the end of the year FLAP market capacity "will have more than doubled from its 2017 level".