With the ease of travel restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, companies begin to resume their activity in the headquarters located in office buildings, but with only 40% of employees in a first phase, according to a survey of real estate consulting company Cushman & Wakefield Echinox.
Thus, if during the period of isolation at home imposed by the authorities, only 4% of the employees continued their activity from the office, the occupancy degree of office buildings will ten times increase in the next period.
However, more than half of the employees working in the services area will continue, at least for a while, to work from home, according to the survey applied between May 21 and 29 on a number of 33 companies in Bucharest and Cluj with a a total of over 17,000 employees working in office buildings.
Half of these companies have returned or will return to the office with a significant share of employees during June, almost 20% of companies scheduled their return in September, while 13% of the surveyed companies, especially small and medium, intend to return to the office only at the beginning of next year.
In this context, 30% of the interviewed companies say that in the next 12 months they will need less office space, 61% of the companies cover their office needs with the already contracted spaces, while 9% of the companies expect to need extra space.
The stock of modern offices in Bucharest and Cluj reaches almost 3.5 million square meters, hosting over 300,000 employees in various fields, such as IT, telecom, financial services (banks – insurance), professional services (lawyers – consultants), media, etc.