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This is the end of the office as we know it

Coworking destined to change

Coworking companies expect an influx of new clients looking to downsize from traditional office space with long lease terms into so-called flexible space.

Coworking companies have seen a rapid decrease in demand due to shelter-in-pace orders. But it's likely temporary. The uncertainty could cause more companies to look for flexible space that can accommodate rapid changes in their needs.

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This is the end of the office as we know it

This is the end of the office as we know it

https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/4/14/21211789/coronavirus-office-space-work-from-home-design-architecture-real-estate

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Changes you may see

If and when you return to your office after the pandemic, you'll probably notice some changes.

  • The doors of the building may open automatically, so you don't have to touch the handles.
  • You may tell the elevator where to stop, rather than pressing buttons.
  • You may walk into a room full of dividers and well-spaced desks.
  • Meeting rooms and kitchens may have fewer chairs.
  • There may be more frequent cleaning policies and better ventilation systems.

Working from home

Before the pandemic, only 4 percent of the US workforce worked from home at least half the time. However, the trend of working from home had been gaining momentum for years.

It is estimated that within a couple of years, 30% of people will work from home multiple days per week.

Continued remote work

  • Before the pandemic, a lot of company management and leaders were skeptical regarding remote work. But the skepticism will go away because companies recognize that remote work does work.
  • The economic impact of the pandemic will likely force employers to cut costs. They may reduce their rent by letting workers work from home instead of layoffs.
  • Employers had to spend money on new technology and equipment to work from home - a departure from the norm.
  • Employees themselves are also spending more money to create better home offices.

Making a successful shift

More formalization and company policies around remote work are necessary for the shift to be successful.

A recent study showed that half of the businesses expect less productivity during the pandemic because of a lack of remote work capabilities. Companies that have built up guidelines will have an easier time working from home.

The new office space

As the public health crisis continues, office space will probably have to be altered to encourage safety.

  • It could mean the reversal of the open office trend that was packing more people into open office spaces.
  • The shift may mean more private spaces or personal offices for individuals, and more distance between desks.
  • The introduction of various types of barriers between desks, including cubicles, could resurface.
  • Less visible may be the action managers take to divert congestion points and clean offices.

Uncertain demand

  • Fewer employees coming into the office could mean less need for office space.
  • Safety protocols that require people to be spaced at least six feet apart could cause more demand for larger office space.
  • As a result of the new virus and its containment measures, office leasing has slowed. But office properties will be more insulated than other property types like hotels and retail.
  • Spaces with more private areas that might limit the spread of germs may become more popular.

Coworking destined to change

Coworking companies expect an influx of new clients looking to downsize from traditional office space with long lease terms into so-called flexible space.

Coworking companies have seen a rapid decrease in demand due to shelter-in-pace orders. But it's likely temporary. The uncertainty could cause more companies to look for flexible space that can accommodate rapid changes in their needs.

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The global crisis of the 2020 Pandemic, resulting in billions in lockdown, has resulted in 16 million people signing up for Netflix in March, taking the total subscribers to 183 million.

Clueless Companies

Consumer companies around the world are in limbo. They are groping in the dark due to a lot of variables in the current situation.

Many are non-essential businesses, others rely on logistics and physical goods to be delivered. Many businesses are forced to close by the government, due to the social distancing norms, even though the consumers need them.

What Makes Netflix Tick

.. is that it is:

  • An internet-only business model, with no physical goods to deliver, having no interruption due to the lockdown.
  • Not dependent on advertisers, being a subscription-based service.

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Open offices will get more open

The open office has gotten less open over time because more people were put into it.

A well-designed open plan has only about 30% of people sitting at a desk. The rest are using other p...

The new welcome space

If you've visited an open office In the past, you've probably been greeted by someone sitting behind a desk. They would point you to a self-serve coffee - all to make visitors feel comfortable.

Going forward will be about perceived safety. The new paradigm may include a mudroom to change your shoes and wash your hands. It may even be a place to run health screenings.

The clear cubicle

A transparent material is used to build clear barriers between people.

We can expect to see clear dividers rise up, creating walls around desks. There are better materials that are more antimicrobial, but clear plastic is in demand because it encourages a perceived sense of safety.

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How Remote Work Became Possible

How Remote Work Became Possible
  • Computers and the internet have made remote work a common arrangement, and this is a recent phenomenon. PC and internet access changed the shape of work in an unimaginable way, and the techn...

Slow Adoption of Flexible Work

Today, remote and flexible work arrangements are seen as a perk.
In 2018, a survey showed that around 3 percent of Americans worked from home on a regular basis. Due to technological advancements (starting with Blackberry), employees were working from everywhere, the subway, the café, home and during the commute.

But even after we have the technology required for remote working for about fifteen odd years, we have been slow to adopt mainstream remote working. The mass-adoption needed a catalyst, and that was provided in 2020 in the form of a deadly disease.

Remote Work During The Pandemic

  • The 2020 pandemic has shown that all remote working is possible, and bosses are no longer reluctant towards it, a forced change due to the present conditions.
  • Many global giants like Google and Twitter have embraced remote work in a big way, in their bid to protect worker health and to reduce corporate liability.
  • The unpredictable nature of the pandemic and an expectation of the second wave of infections can hamper any chance to return to offices.

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