The pandemic was a giant test for remote work. People that were spending hours on the road commuting to and from the office were now spending all of their waking and sleeping hours within the same residence. Spare bedrooms were turned into offices and people learned how to, not always successfully, juggle work and home life all at the same place and time. However, as we start to venture back into the office and think about what the new work environment looks like, we aren't all ready to go back to the way it was. There are definite perks to working remotely, at least part time!
It's regularly said that construction is behind the times in adopting technology. In an industry that regularly leans on paper documentation and manual processes that have been automated or at least digitalized in other industries, it's easy to see why it's said that construction is behind the curve. After all, construction has been around since the beginning of time and it's hard to break traditional ways of doing processes. However, construction is in a pivotal time now as the workforce is turning over and technology has begun to greatly impact how construction is done at all stages.
We spent the majority of last year outside of our offices. While some prefer the remote work lifestyle, many would counter that they've never worked harder and that the lack of division between work and home has worn on them. Many want to get back to the office, at least a few days a week.
Understanding the range of opinions about the future of the office, what is it going to look like? How will it operate? How will corporate real estate strategy need to adapt to meet the employee-focused needs of the office environment?