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What are the new trends for an office environment?

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Is there still a need for a big offices space in the new way of working, now the world has been upside down through Covid-19 and many people are forced to work from home? We have partnered up with Epicenter Stockholm, whom we are a fan of, to look at the trends for an office environment moving forward.

How does people wish to work, moving forward, work from home or in an office?

Before the pandemic disrupted the world, the traditional wisdom had been that offices were critical to productivity, culture, and winning the war for the best talent. Having an office space at a prime location in major urban centers around the world was epic!

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We have spoken to Epicenter Stockholm, an early adopter to co working spaces and a community of digital scale-ups, corporates, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs. A creative player when it comes to assist companies on their growth journey, offering a flexible working space with offices in Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki.

They have done a survey within their member community of tech savy business environment around the topic of future of work. What do people prefer? Office vs. working from home.

The hybrid model

Looking at the responses, spending 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in the office should now belong to your company’s history. You are running a company thinking that everything should go back to the way it was post-COVID-19 era – you might want to rethink just a little.

As much as 86% of the respondents in the Epicenter Member Study conducted in October 2020 stated that they want to work in a hybrid way! That means that employees today want a decent mix of working from home, the office, cafés, hotel lobbies, coworking spaces etc., taking all new regulations for the Covid-19 in consideration.

What does that mean for businesses?

It seems that the majority of the people don’t want to go back to having to be full-time at the office. However, that doesn’t mean they want to work exclusively from home either. In fact, as little as 1% said they wanted to work from home only. Finding the perfect balance between this new flexible way of working will become a challenge for many companies in the upcoming months.

For businesses this could mean new opportunities to becoming an even more attractive employer. On top of that, the hybrid working model has great potential for lowering fixed costs.

81% of the respondents think a physical office space improves collaboration within the company and the team. A physical space can be seen as crucial for seamless teamwork. Perhaps you should ask yourself: does this space have to be as big as it is today? What other solutions could my employees benefit from?

The co working era

The co working era was big before the pandemic began, and now 70% of the respondents think that co working will grow. It’s possible that this is a result of the needs for small, as well as large businesses are changing.

If we’re doing a reality check here, does this go in line with what we see at Epicenter?

Patrick Mesterton, the CEO of Epicenter says:

“The demand for flexible work spaces and co working is increasing. But Epicenter has also gained a new customer group in the form of large companies with employees who work remotely or in a more hybrid manner.”

Reality shows that we have some early adopters to this new trend answering the wishes of employees.

Are you also looking for the hybrid model? Epicenter offers different memberships, here you can read about Epicenter membership, that might suit your new situation.

So, the answer to the question, what are new trends for an office environment is that moving forward, employees are looking to have a combination working in the office combined with working from home!

Thank you to Epicenter Stockholm, for sharing these results with us!

*The Epicenter Member survey was conducted between September 23rd and October 9th. In total they had 203 respondents from Epicenter Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki. They had 30% respondents from each of the following business segments: startups, scaleups and corporates. The Majority of the respondents were between 25-34 years of age (43%). The respondents were 65% male and 35% female.

Here you can read the full blog on "The future of work"!


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