New research has discovered that organisations are looking to continue flexibility over where and when people work, with 82% expecting employees to work remotely into the future at least part of the time, and spend on average two days every week away from the office.
Real-estate and investment business JLL’s Perspectives for enterprises report also found that 48% of organisations in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) have still not developed a future of work programme to meet rising staff demands and expectations for greater work flexibility, sustainable workplaces and increased wellbeing.
In addition, 88% of the workforce now want to choose their working hours in the future and 73% want an organisation to promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing.
Nearly half (45%) of employees want relaxation spaces in the workplace, above outdoor spaces, fitness centres and on-site clinics, yet only 17% have access to such a service in their current workplace.
Mark Caskey, CEO work dynamics for the EMEA region at JLL, commented that it was now up to organisations to integrate and optimise flexible working into their future-of-work programmes, as today’s employees want technology that keeps them connected, buildings that are sustainable and employers that prioritise their health and wellbeing to work remotely.
He explained that organisations that create regenerative workplaces that make their people feel safe, energised and motivated will have an edge, with spaces for collaboration and socialisation, relaxation, healthy food and outdoor spaces presenting the biggest opportunities for employers to support their workforce.
“We all had to learn quickly, adapt and adjust to the explosion in hybrid working and embrace different ways of engaging with our people, clients and partners. By seeing the trends shaping the future of work, organisations can be more confident in creating the right strategy for their business and the workforce they depend on,” Caskey said.