Employees are keen to return to the office, reporting that they miss the human and social interaction that the office facilitates.
At the same time, while employees show a strong affinity for the office, they also desire the ability to have the option to work from home one to two days a week on average, according to a recent JLL global study of 3,000 workers.
The trend towards workplace mobility was not created as a result of the pandemic, but it was certainly accelerated by it. As a result, agile work strategies are expected to increase in a post-pandemic world, reinvigorating demand for flexible space.
The new JLL report, The impact of COVID-19 on flexible space, outlines the future of flexible space both now and long after the pandemic subsides. The report indicates that flexible space will take a different form than it has in the past but will continue to grow as corporates and investors respond to the increasing demand for flexibility. JLL research predicts that 30 percent of all office space will be consumed flexibly by 2030.
As more companies adopt increasingly distributed corporate ecosystems, flexibility will be key to employee satisfaction as the office remains a fundamental part of corporate culture. According to JLL’s Occupancy Benchmarking Survey, 67 per cent of real estate decision-makers are increasing workplace mobility programmes.