With the pandemic completely changing the way in which we work, the demand for satellite offices is on the rise as people shun the long commute to city centres.
The Unispace survey of 3,000 office workers revealed that as many as 79% would be happier to return to the office if it was just five to 10 minutes away from their home.
The majority of employees (63%) are most interested in hybrid working – just 26% work full-time in an office and 13% are entirely home-based.
Unispace suggests that the use of satellite offices could be a solution to boost socialisation and staff retention when employees do choose to work in an office environment.
Lawrence Mohiuddine, CEO EMEA at Unispace, explained, “The advantages of working collectively shouldn’t be underestimated. In a post-pandemic world, workers are craving the human contact that they may have taken for granted pre-Covid.
“With 79% of employees admitting they would be happier to return to the office if it was just five to 10 minutes from home, creating satellite offices to supplement an amenity-packed HQ could be a logical approach for firms seeking to meet the diverse needs of their people post-pandemic.
“Crucially, firms must look to understand not only the needs of their current employees, but also the composition of their future workforce and their distinct preferences, which we know differ from country to country and by numerous demographics such as life-stage, income and gender. By taking this approach, organisations can effectively optimise short and long-term real estate decisions.”
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