Evolution or revolution for offices
Business leaders across Lancashire are still uncertain about their short and medium-term office requirements. Most have created a more agile workforce which has aided the continuity of their businesses.
Offices face a more uncertain future longer term if landlords aren’t dynamic and continuously evolve their offering to suit occupiers ever changing requirements to maintain their value and income.
Various studies have shown that employees welcome the ability to work from home yet the majority don’t want to work at home full time.
More people are reflecting on their work life balance due to the merger of the two over the past twelve months with more developing a newfound respect for their workplace.
Every aspect of an office needs to be tailored to best support the occupant. Offices will need to become more comfortable and designed around employee enrichment to enhance the occupiers working life.
Employees welcome the ability to work from home don’t want to full time
Employees, and ultimately businesses, will be more demanding in terms of sustainability of their workspace. Landlords and developers will need to create co-working spaces with more integrated services such as childcare, banks, post offices and gymnasiums within the same complex with these complexes becoming more integrated collaborative spaces where different companies will meet and interact rather than having exclusive standalone buildings. In addition, overflow flexible serviced space within the same complex will need to be available for occupants to suit their quickly evolving requirements.
Developers are lagging way behind in the design and specification that is more popular in other highly developed countries.
The existing model of property developers building identikit offices will diminish with companies having an increasing appetite for bespoke designed offices with more sustainable features.