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The relevance of workspaces in 2022

April 25, 2022

Since the pandemic forced businesses to adapt to different work models such as hybrid and WFH, the workspaces of 2022 have been modified to accommodate everyone's needs. A shift toward three days at work and two at home has reduced the time an employee spends at the workspace by 30%. Despite the huge cutback in time, the drop in demand for a workspace only amounts to 2%. This suggests that employees prefer returning to the workspace, albeit in a less crowded setting.

In an era where hybrid and remote working are on the rise, let's take a closer look at what motivates employees to come to the workspace

Why choose WFO?
In a hybrid work model, WFO gained popularity as workspaces became less crowded. Surveys have confirmed that people are uncomfortable with crowded spaces. The recent focus on infection risks has made workers wary of crowds around their desks. Many people are uncomfortable with crowds in lobbies, kitchens, cafeterias, and particularly elevators. One of the most effective ways to control overcrowding is to reduce on-site workdays without compromising on the workspace.

Select days for WFO
New developments in employee behaviour suggest that the majority of employees prefer to work from home on Mondays and Fridays. Many top companies have turned to flexible working arrangements allowing their employees to work from home on Mondays and Fridays to attract and retain talent in the current labour market.

Advanced amenities
It has become imperative to invest in designing a workspace of the future that is more inviting to the employees. Business owners are expected to provide their employees with the amenities they need for an efficient workday. Employees are looking for more than just a comfortable work environment. Along with healthy food offerings, and outdoor areas where they can connect and collaborate with their colleagues, employees also look for spaces to relax individually.

Evolved space design
The workspace can be a safe environment for collaboration, building a community, and motivating employees. We are past the era of densely packed cubicles. It's time for spacious lounges with open seating plans.

By placing more emphasis on collaborative spaces than individual workstations, workplace design can foster organizational collaboration. In addition, meeting rooms need to be versatile as well. Rooms that can accommodate both in-person and remote employees will be more efficient.

Guzman de Yarza Blache, Head of EMEA Workplace Strategy at JLL says “As work takes place in an increasingly digital environment, the physical office is more relevant than ever as the space which brings people together, whether they’re employees or clients.”

The transition from traditional to collaborative office layouts is becoming increasingly global. By re-designing offices, Workspaces by Brigade aims to create social spaces that encourage face-to-face collaboration, creativity, and communal interactions.

You can learn more about our futuristic workplaces by visiting our website.


1. https://hbr.org/2022/01/why-companies-arent-cutting-back-on-office-space

2. https://www.jll.co.in/en/trends-and-insights/workplace/how-companies-are-bringing-a-buzz-back-to-office-working


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