Evidence from our Home Working experience survey already shows organisations that have built workplaces with a great employee experience have also successfully enabled and empowered their employees to now work from home.
This all puts the Dutch in a strong position to weather this storm. Our historical data shows that the Netherlands is a nation dedicated to providing environments that allow employees to select spaces most appropriate to the task they are undertaking, be they in the office or elsewhere. And as we move forward, the ability to adapt to entirely new ways of operating within a corporate workplace will be vital.
The Dutch government has estimated in the best-case scenario that the measures around curbing the coronavirus will be in place for three months, which will result in the Dutch economy shrinking 1.2% in 2020 and growing again 3.5% next year. Or in the worst case scenario, if restrictions are in place for 12 months the result will be a 7.6% decline. The UK, or the Bank of England rather, on the other hand, is forecasting a 14% fall, marking the deepest recession for more than three centuries.
As organisations contemplate how to repopulate their workplaces and consider the possibility of having to close them immediately again should the coronavirus stage a comeback, we could all do well to consider some of the workplace and wider societal lessons the Dutch might be willing to trade.