Companies are now concerned with creating the best conditions to meet the employees’ needs as they resume work in the office buildings, according to data from real estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield Echinox.
As part of their efforts to convince more employees to resume office-based work, companies follow three main directions: the configuration/design/functionalities of the workspace, creating a context for socializing, and granting new types of facilities.
“Currently, there is an increasing focus on the health and safety of employees, while the trend in office design is towards open, informal spaces suitable for meetings and socializing. The benefits offered at the office are also of crucial importance: providing organic, vegetarian food or snacks, regularly diversified, among others. Moreover, creating the context for socializing translates into various events within the office that facilitate employees to enjoy moments such as happy hours, lunches, themed parties, etc. The budget for such events can reach €10,000 per month,” said Roxana Nicolae, Workplace Manager at Cushman & Wakefield Echinox.
A survey commissioned by the agency shows that 44% of the respondents would like to go to the office periodically, up to three days a week. More than half said the office stimulates socializing among co-workers.
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