Rethinking the work environment to adapt to new uses – EconomyMatin


In continuous transformation, the world of work has undergone profound changes in recent years which have accelerated even more in 2020 following the health crisis we are going through. In this context, the traditional work environment we have known is shattered and new hybrid models seem to be becoming a form of normalcy. But concretely, what will the workspace of tomorrow look like? Is it really going to be different from what we know?

All these questions must be approached with the greatest attention by companies. Let us not forget that setting up a company in such and such a place and subscribing to such or such type of lease or contract is a binding act that requires not making a mistake. Especially since for companies, the weight of real estate is the second cost item after wages.

Flexibility, tailor-made approach, services and eco-responsibility: new strong requirements in terms of workspace

One thing is certain, more than ever, companies are looking for flexibility and agility in their daily lives. In this sense, the workspace is no exception to the rule and must adapt without constraints to the development of the company. The traditional 3/6/9 commercial lease then seems to belong to another age. In addition, in the age of real time, it is now inconceivable to have to wait to integrate offices adapted to one’s expectations and completely customizable.

Over the months, companies are looking for each other and wondering about teleworking. If for some employees, this poses great difficulties, for others it turns out to be a real opportunity in terms of life balance. To date, companies are struggling to assess what proportion of their employees will actually return full time to the sites. And as a direct consequence, what part of their square meters will therefore be occupied.

Moreover, to bring employees back to the office, the notion of service is becoming essential for real estate professionals. It no longer boils down to a simple coffee machine, but to a range of services with very high added value that allow the company and its employees to focus on their job and not have to manage other tasks. generating lower productivity (infrastructure, equipment, iT, etc.). All these elements must be integrated to allow the company to rely on a single window to manage these points.

These services can also aim to simplify the life of employees, through a company concierge for example.

Finally, employees are increasingly sensitive to the immediate environment of their workplace: shops, nurseries, public transport, places to eat, sports halls, the possibility of shopping “on the way”. They want their offices in lively, warm and serviceable places.

And the notion of eco-responsibility also comes up frequently, especially among the youngest. Rehabilitated buildings, better insulated, designed for lower energy consumption. Selective sorting, bicycle parking, recharging stations for electric vehicles,… so many little things that will increasingly count in the choice of where companies are located to attract talent.

Take into account new uses

The “on-demand” approach is a new expectation from companies. On this point, reserving a meeting room when desired, a temporary office in case of passage, third places for the most mobile employees, etc., are all the use cases to which it is essential to provide an answer. concrete. It is therefore useful to offer “subscription-free” services to meet the flexibility so much sought after. This cultural revolution in the world of office real estate will give birth to new standards that will profoundly transform the empirical world of workspace. This movement will also be reinforced by the generalization of the coworking approach where the notions of emulation, collective intelligence and interactivity are as many key subjects. Here again, the workspace will necessarily have to integrate the codes linked to these new uses.

These few points clearly reflect the transitional period in which we find ourselves. Failure to take this into account would amount to denying the obvious and not allowing companies and their talents to work in the best conditions. Be careful, therefore, to change the lines in terms of office property to give a new face to the working environment and to offer a framework adapted to the new uses acclaimed by professionals.