The role of the office is changing. In this article, our Managing Director Matt Ephgrave talks about how the office should be a place of collaboration, spontaneity, and creativity, rather than just a space filled with functional desks and silent, heads-down employees.
There’s a lot of talk right now about “back to the office” and the return to work. I should know, we’ve just published a big report on it. However, when people hear “office” there’s still a Pavlovian response, immediately conjuring up images of a traditional desk. We’ve fallen back into that way of thinking despite the fact that the office stopped being “that place” a long time ago.
One of the many things that the pandemic has done is change the way companies think about the space they need, versus the space they have. Asking questions such as, ‘what purpose does it serve?’, and ‘what is it there for?’. The chances are that most of us were already using the office in the way that we believe future offices will be, but our thinking of what an office is keeps us rooted in the stereotypical image of an office building from the 90’s.