Workplace specialists, Presynct, surveyed over 600 employees from a variety of clients, both government and private sector based across a range of services to understand their experience working remotely as a result of the COVID-19 situation.
The survey identified the key motivators for employees to return to the office, notably face to face collaboration and interaction. The following activities were identified to ideally be completed in the office:
- Meetings and collaboration – new team forming, new stakeholders, new customer or people relationships
- Innovation – new ideas, processes, ways of thinking and concepts
- Collaboration – sharing and interacting with others on a tactile basis
- Organisation – divergent ideas and thinking which require the ability to see and sort
- Discussion – complex issues explained and contentious issues discussed.
While the future focus for the office will be around collaborative activities, employees will still require access to typical workpoints (collaborative and focus) to complete regular work activities while in the office.
When asked which activities would be best completed from the office, survey respondents identified activities that focused on interaction, relationship building and the sharing of complex information or divergent ideas.
Meetings and collaboration
New team forming, new stakeholders, new customer or people relationships.
New ideas, processes, ways of thinking and concepts.
Sharing and interacting with others on a tactile basis.
Divergent ideas and thinking which require the ability to see and sort.
Complex issues explained and contentious issues discussed.
Question: Select the activities that are best completed in the office:
Other activities that would be completed in the office include ‘Building New Relationships’ and ‘Interactive Workshops’.