4 ways to return to – and rebuild – your future workplace after COVID-19

Colliers REview Singapore blog - OS 4 ways to return to and rebuild your future workplace after covid19

With the waves of changes the current pandemic presents, it's more important than ever to rebuild and equip your workplace with employee well-being and workplace wellness being top of mind.



Without a doubt, the year 2020 has dealt us a card which was entirely unexpected and without precedent. A year where the term '
work from home' became cemented in our everyday language.

Along with waves of changes the current coronavirus pandemic presents, effects on the workplace are evident, unavoidable and paramount to all businesses globally.

In February, The Lion City started to feel the early repercussions of the imminent global crisis, with day-to-day work rhythms of the central business district (CBD) office-goers, and the wider community, being impacted. 

 

"When we emerge from this pandemic, the workplace will be changed; permanent remote working plans will be ingrained in our workplace strategy."

 

As the months passed and the restrictions tightened, the once-bustling Singapore CBD turned near-empty - limited people, cars, and stalled business activity - only to leave deserted workplaces, empty meeting rooms, unused infrastructure and business continuity planning in full swing.

When we emerge from this pandemic, the workplace will be changed; permanent remote working plans will be ingrained in our workplace strategy. People will think, feel and behave differently and businesses will shift into recovery mode -- which will require not just rebuilding, but in many cases, a transformation.

 

Rebuilding the workplace well

With remote working as the new norm, employee well-being driving long term changes and workplace wellness being top of mind for business leaders, we have developed four viable avenues for Singapore CBD occupiers to take:

A Swift Back-to-Work Strategy

Our Back to Work Navigator is designed to provide a 48-hour turnaround analysis of an occupier’s office space and recommendations to achieve readiness for people to come back to work.

  1. Design
  2. Behaviours
  3. Communication and Navigation
  4. Hygiene and cleaning
  5. Technology

 

Activate Workplace Wellness Initiatives

Compared to projections of the gradual, continual integration of wellness at the start of 2020, wellness in the workplace has taken a different direction, as it accelerates in priority.

Though we will no doubt see further changes as the year goes on, the focus now and for the foreseeable future is twofold:

  • Business continuity planning and preparedness: How do businesses operate effectively, working remotely or in split operations, and preparation to negate future disruptions?

  • Well-being of employees: How do businesses take measures to keep employees safe, healthy and productive?

 

"Understanding your employee's desires and work from home capabilities upfront will give insight to your future needs and how you can restack your current space and be ready for the rebound."

 

Flex and CoreTM / Split Office Locations

Based on current business continuity planning, we are all too familiar with split-shifts, work from home arrangements and having alternative office locations -- meaning a permanent strategy could be implemented post-COVID-19.

Flex and Core™ helps occupiers manage uncertainty, dialing up or down their space needs in tandem with headcount movements and business objectives.

Rationalise and Restack Current Workplace

At Colliers, we've swiftly focused our efforts to equipping our clients for the rebound and helping them to see around the corner - mapping out their future workplace needs now.

Reevaluate your needs; understanding your employee's desires and work from home capabilities upfront will give insight to your future needs and how you can restack your current space and be ready for the rebound.

Engaging with an experienced Project Management expert to execute a well-thought-through office restack plan can make a difference between success or failure as we rebound. Alignment on time, budget and communication management is crucial.

Agility, insights and action will differentiate those who sink or swim in the coming months -- let's make sure you're prepared to stay on top of the treacherous waters below.

 

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Rick Thomas

Executive Director

Singapore

As Executive Director of Occupier Services in Singapore, I have  over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate.  Based in Singapore, my responsibilities are focused on servicing the real estate needs of large multinational occupiers clients across Asia Pacific than span office leasing, industrial leasing and project management.

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