Now more than ever, freelance workers and the workforce at large are seeking flexibility when it comes to the working environment. This has caused a huge spike in the demand for flexible workspaces during the Covid-19 pandemic. The question is: are people ready to fully embrace this as the new way of working? Chatting to Sarah Colwell, Research Executive at The Instant Group, she explains why she believes flexible workspaces are the future.
Are things going back to normal?
The term ‘normal’ has become subjective, because what is the meaning of the ‘normal’ as of recently? The way people work has changed greatly and there’s no certain way of knowing whether things will go back to the way they were pre-pandemic or not. People have since been exposed to a holistic experience of the flexibility and agility that comes with working from home. There’s no way they are willing to trade that in for the traditional way of working.
How do we change work?
It is worth noting that no solution will be a one size fits all, and the key for people going forward, is going to be exercising their power of choice. People can choose how and where they want to work. Everyone might have their own unique normal in the way that they work, and companies are going to have to adapt and accommodate all those different types of ‘normal’.
How can companies adapt?
Judging from the demand that is currently being observed for flex spaces, flexibility is the way forward and companies will have to start adopting that approach. Pre-pandemic, the majority of that demand came from smaller companies, whereas now even larger companies are getting on board. They are certainly looking at flex as a viable solution to their portfolios, to inject that adaptability and flexibility which they didn’t have before.