- February 1, 2022: Vol. 16, Number 2

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Build the tech and they will come: Office return will hinge on ‘smart’ solutions

by Simon Martindale

Despite all the talk of flexible working and hybrid models, a corporate “new normal” has yet to be formally established. According to a McKinsey & Company survey, 68 percent of organisations have not yet communicated a detailed plan for the return of staff to offices.

At this crossroad, there is an immense opportunity to shape the future of work and combine many of the benefits of home working with the advantages of the office. The office itself is at the heart of the debate. With employees increasingly given the choice to work from home, the physical office space must evolve in a bid to attract occupiers.

This ideal sustainable smart office must be tech-integrated and designed to facilitate collaborative tasks that are better achieved in person, as well as geared towards the improved health and wellbeing of employees. The office must be a space people want to come to, not be compelled to come to.

As the level of interaction between landlords and tenants

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