In ten years’ time, approximately one in three employees will work in a flexible office. Then the traditional office, where people are expected Monday to Friday from 9 to 5, becomes more and more an exception.
The American real estate group JLL thinks so after researching the consequences of the corona crisis on the office market. About 3,000 customers took part, including large Dutch employers.
Of all office buildings worldwide that were rented last year, between 10 and 20 percent was a flexible workspace, estimates the real estate group. JLL predicts that the demand for flexible office spaces will continue to increase as a result of the corona crisis. Only to the office to see people and meet
Employees will soon only go to the office to meet people and have a meeting, JLL thinks. The real work, for which people have to concentrate, will mainly take place at home. In some countries, workplaces are becoming more spacious as more space is needed for those meetings. This is less necessary in the Netherlands, because an employee in our country already has an average of 12 to 15 square meters at their disposal. “That is quite broad from an international point of view,” said head of research Sven Bertens to De Telegraaf.
JLL does not expect a large surplus of offices in the Netherlands in the short term, although some large service providers may be able to divest half of the office floor due to all the flex work.
There is not one type of flexible office
It is still unclear what form the flexible office of the future will take. JLL shows in the infographic below how many alternatives employers can choose from.
For example, a company can purchase a subscription to a network of shared workspaces or temporarily move into a custom office. Smaller companies may be able to opt for even more flexibility by booking rooms for a part of the day or a number of hours. By no longer depending on a large permanent building, companies can respond to the growing need of employees not to travel far to the office. “Larger employers are considering renting a flex office in different places, creating smaller office hubs throughout the country, rather than a move to a central point,” says Bertens in De Telegraaf.