Nearly half of employees (49 per cent) want spaces specifically designed for socialising and collaboration if they are to return to the office, according to a recent survey from an interior design and architecture practice.
MoreySmith surveyed 1,017 UK adults that are working full-time and part-time to ask about their expectations of returning to work after 14 months of Covid restrictions and working from home.
Additionally, results indicated that:
- 67 per cent want "Covid havens" – workplaces that guarantee hygiene, removing the need for Covid restrictions on site;
- 43 per cent want mental health facilities onsite;
- 44 per cent want outdoor terraces and gardens;
- 35 per cent want secure bicycle facilities; and
- 19 per cent want to be able to bring their pets to work.
Linda Morey-Burrows, founder and principal director of MoreySmith, said “As this polling demonstrates, it’s essential that workspaces are designed to encourage and stimulate this return to work. Offices must be created to cater for the new world with flexibility, comfort, outside spaces and sociability front of mind for designers.”