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January 12, 2021

How the pandemic has caused us to rethink workspace

In a recent REAL Trends blog post written by our own Michael Casolo, Global Chief Revenue officer, he discusses the changes in the workspace landscape, and shares fresh, new strategies to address our new dynamic.

How we used to work vs. now

Prior to the pandemic, most employees would come into the office every day, completing work at individual workstations, benching, or clustered stations. Shared areas like break rooms, cafés, and meeting rooms were more trafficked, and social distancing was nonexistent. Now, companies must rethink their office design, considering flexible working models, health and safety protocols, and how they can incentivise staff to come back into the workplace.

We believe the office will be used in new ways to better serve staffs’ work modes. While individual work will continue to be completed in a remote setting, collaboration and problem solving will be done in the office. Office layouts will provide more community driven spaces with optimized flow and ventilation, giving employees the flexibility and peace of mind, they’re looking for. So, how do we create new workplace paradigm?

Solutions for the next normal

The solution lies in a multi-pronged approach integrating space consultation, property selection, office design and construction, and change management facilitation. Through our integrated approach, we’re able to help clients meet their new needs from space assessment and utilization, to design transparency, to construction delivery, and post occupancy.

As companies look for solutions to meet their new needs, our team of experts have developed a strategy-driven workplace framework, Propeller. Propeller creates a balanced work experience, combining the best of working from home with the best of working in an office. Employees needs have changed, and companies need to stay ahead of the trend in order to thrive in this new dynamic. 

About Michael Casolo

With over 25 years of commercial real estate experience, Michael has established a reputation as a strategic problem solver, achieved through laser-focused relationship building. As Global CRO, he leads our global partnerships and business development teams with a solutions-based approach to solve our corporate partners global workplace challenges.

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