Rethinking how people want to work
The mass exodus from the office to working from home wasn’t designed or thought through – it came out of necessity. But there’s a real opportunity to learn from this whole experience, to rethink how we work going forward, and to consider which of the elements of how we’re currently working people are enjoying and finding productive – and how these could work well sustainably for the long term.
There’s also an opportunity to think about what’s not working well – what we, as businesses and as individuals, are missing or not able to do as productively and therefore need to ensure we support going forward.
People are enjoying the flexibility and autonomy to work as they wish. People are enjoying having fewer distractions at home. These things point towards people choosing to work from home more in the future. However, by proving that people can work from home under lockdown, and are enjoying it, we’re not proving the death of the office – which is something that some are predicting.
There is a very real and ongoing importance of the office – as a place to come together to collaborate, socialise, and build company culture. People are finding collaboration really challenging whilst working from home, and people are missing socialising with their colleagues.
So rather than ‘the death of the office’, the results signal a need for a whole new type of office; an office that people choose to go to for certain things, and that’s complemented by working from home. The future of working will become a much bigger picture, beyond the walls of the office.
We found that 73% of people want to work from home at least two days a week, and 43% would like to work from home at least three days. The workplace will continue to be a place where people go, but just not as often.