Workers Want to Return to the Office in Hybrid Setup Post-Pandemic

JLL Human Experience report says three-quarters of workers want to return to the office when it’s safe but most also say they want WFH setups.

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Workers Want to Return to the Office in Hybrid Setup Post-Pandemic

Good news for commercial integrators: 75% of workers who responded to a recent survey want to return to the office. That means there will be plenty of opportunities to help the corporate world adjust to the future of work and all that comes with it, from social distancing to the evolution of meetings.

There’s also some good news for integrators who focus on residential AV installations from the JLL Human Experience report, since employees say they want to work from home two days a week post-pandemic and that means they’ll need work-from-home setups.

Here’s more from the JLL Human Performance Report:

Surveying more than 2,000 office workers across 10 countries, JLL’s report measured the current sentiment of office workers, finding that the workplace of the future will be a hybrid one, mixing on-site and off-site collaboration to offer freedom and choice across a variety of spaces and locations.

This new status quo of hybrid work models will likely be a rich environment comprised of a large variety of spaces that accommodate the full range of working and workday needs.

Employees are eager to maintain the flexibility of widespread remote work established during the pandemic and are interested in working from home an average of two days per week. This hybrid approach is the most sought after, with nearly three-quarters of employees wanting to have access to an office.

Further, JLL’s earlier Human Performance report found that 80 percent of high performers have missed their office greatly during lockdown.

“The COVID-19 crisis has incited a massive paradigm shift in the world of work,” said Flore Pradère, Research Director, JLL Corporate Solutions Research. “To adapt to this new normal, the future of work must be reimagined to focus on the needs and preferences of a liquid workforce. This means offering employee-centric solutions that value choice and flexibility to optimize employee experiences and performance.”

Despite the willingness to work-from home on a regular basis post-pandemic, employees still retain a strong affinity for the office, especially as it relates to providing a sense of community and belonging – where remote work has led to gaps in supporting collaboration, leadership and managerial competencies.

Seventy percent of employees believe an office environment is more conducive to team building and management support.

JLL’s Human Performance research also found that this social aspect of the office was crucial to employee performance and that technology was struggling to replicate the experiences employees have historically shared in the physical space.

Further, 97 percent of high performers described their office as enabling easy collaboration, and 89 percent consider their colleagues as a second family.

Traditional work priorities have also been deeply challenged during the pandemic. Employees cite work-life balance (72%) as more important than securing a comfortable salary (69%) and indicate that living consciously and healthily is as important as finding purpose in their job.

“There’s no going back to the old ways of working,” Dr. Marie Puybaraud, Global Head of Research, JLL Corporate Solutions concluded. “Those who are courageous and proactive in reimagining their workplace to address changing workforce preferences will be the future leaders of business in a post-pandemic world.”

All of that sounds like music to the ears of AV integrators, especially those that are already proficient in the corporate vertical. There should be no shortage of work in that space for the foreseeable future—and that’s good news for everyone involved.

It means integrators will be busy for a while, it means company leaders will find their offices outfitted with the latest technology and it means workers will realize new flexibility in their jobs they might have never thought would be possible.

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