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Why workplace

Our second edition of a leader’s guide to the post-pandemic people and place debate

The pandemic has proven that work no longer needs to be confined to corporate offices. For millions of employees, work could easily and sometimes more efficiently be done from home.

Now we’re asking the question, what does the future hold for real estate and for the cities, communities and society around us?

What’s your workplace why?

For every executive, this is a critical question. And for leaders looking at the future of their workplace strategies, now is a pivotal moment. The pandemic forced organisations to make structural decisions on their people and place strategies whilst trying to understand the shift to hybrid working. Although riddled with risk, it has provided organisations with an immense opportunity.

Leaders must ask themselves: do we have the right information to adapt to this landscape? It’s time to seek out and understand the expectations, needs and sentiments of employees to build smarter workplaces in response.

Key takeaways
  • The future is unclear. But it is quite obvious that many organisations will be able to shed swathes of space that they had previously thought essential.
  • This is no time for half-hearted micro fixes. It is time for bold moves, the scale of which you would never have considered before.
  • Employees who have a great experience in corporate workplaces want to get back to them for the majority of the working week. But those who have a poor experience are better off at home. This will upend your business’ historic operational and financial justifications for workplace and it will mean that your existing workplace supply chains will need radical remodelling.

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