More than a third (36.5%) of employees who responded to a recent survey initiated by Genesis Property believe that the entire team within the company they are working for will return to the office this year.
Most say that offices have become an important part of their job in the context of Covid-19 and over 57% will evaluate this aspect more closely in the future, when they will seek a new job.
While proximity of the office to their home remains an important factor for most employees (65%), the pandemic year increased the importance of health measures taken in the building (for 51% of respondents) and of the workspace structure, with greater emphasis on delimited offices that facilitate distancing (for 49.3% of respondents).
At the same time, 41% say that, from now on, they will carefully evaluate what technologies are available in the workplace to ensure better protection for their health and for the health of their colleagues.
The post-pandemic office: safer and more creative
Looking ahead, in addition to the health measures that more than 60% of respondents to Genesis Property’s survey consider necessary in office buildings today and in the future, many employees believe there is also room for further changes.
52% believe that, in the future, offices should provide employees an integrated work, lifestyle, entertainment, and socializing experience.
Another 45% consider that the current situation represents an opportunity for the integration of technologies based on artificial intelligence which can eliminate repetitive and routine activities whilst redefining how they will work in the future.
Lastly, 40% want to have the opportunity to work in spaces that give them a better environment to manifest their creativity.