Over the past few months, office owners and team leaders have been doing everything they can to make their workspaces safe and healthy. Office buildings have undergone massive alterations to prepare for the full-scale return to the workspace… but when will that happen?
Changes to the Office Space
Today’s offices are contactless, tech-powered, and socially distant. Commercial property owners and residing tenants have teamed up to build an office space that does not put occupants at risk.
This required immense investment on the part of CRE and individual companies, but the result is an office that can accommodate workers safely. In these times, health and wellness are priceless.
Even though COVID-combatting protocols are being adopted across the sector, most workers are still yet to return to work. WFH remains as the primary professional landscape since COVID-combatting efforts did not convince workers to come back to the office.
If All Else Fails, Incentivize It
There’s something about amenities that wins people over.
Office tenants have taken this route to convince their teams to return to their workspaces. This new incentive-driven company culture trend is giving workers a reason to come back. But, beyond the attraction, office perks are also solving some of the key issues that today’s workforce has been dealing with since the pandemic.
For example, offices and schools closed at the same time earlier this year. Even though offices are slowly reopening, not all schools have welcomed students back again. As a result, workers with children cannot return to the office without paying for babysitters – which isn’t always feasible in these challenging financial times. Allowing team members to bring their children to the office with them is enough to solve one barrier keeping people away from the commercial workplace.
This is one example of how offices are adding perks to draw people back to work – but there’s more. Let’s look at 3 other benefits that are gaining momentum within the office scene as companies try to win back their teams:
Free, pre-packed lunches are also becoming a norm for in-office employees. Companies are providing free meals for their workers who have come back to the office. Not only does this financially benefit team members, but it also mitigates the risks of having to enter and exit the office building to get lunch from external restaurants.
Learning Pods for Children
With workers bringing their children to the office, many companies are creating positive educational environments for the little ones. Companies are setting up learning pods for children – and they’re even hiring professional tutors to teach them.
Discounts on Parking
Parking at home is free, so offices needed to compete if they wanted to win workers back. Free or discounted parking is becoming another industry standard within the office sector as companies want to make the transition back to the office as smooth as possible.
Companies are heavily investing in their commercial operations to get their workers to return. Will these efforts introduce new amenities that expand the current workspace model?