Businesses in Manchester will be redesigning their workspaces as a result of differing employee needs after the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data.
A survey by real estate consultancy OBI suggests that 70 per cent of business leaders across Manchester have said they would need to adapt their current workplace design in order to suit their longer-term needs.
The top three things the office now needs to provide include technology to assist with flexible and agile working, more collaboration space and videoconferencing rooms. Other required features would be larger breakout spaces, fewer fixed desks, a safer environment, more greenery, more meeting rooms and focus rooms.
Of those asked, 12 per cent more space would be required, with 55 per cent saying the same amount would be needed and 33 per cent saying less would be required.
Most (80 per cent) of those asked said 80 per cent of businesses would like extra flexibility when making future decisions regarding their office or agreeing on a new lease-term.
The survey also revealed that 60 per cent of businesses think the pandemic has had a positive impact on their corporate approach to sustainability and the green agenda.
OBI undertook the survey of more than 100 businesses in Manchester from different sectors and business sizes.