Importance of the Office Environment
Remote and hybrid work forces a different relationship between employees and employers and forges a new dynamic for the workplace. Most employers agree that the office environment is key to bringing their employees together and creating cohesion, culture, and unity. Virtual team building tends to be less engaging and does not produce the same dynamic as sharing space with colleagues. For younger employees working in large metropolitan areas like Seattle, work is an important social setting where professional relationships are cemented, and friendships are made.
The flexibility of working at least one day-a-week from home is inspiring companies to make changes to their office model. As employees slowly return to the office, employers are carefully examining how the physical space is being utilized and how it accommodates the new reality of work. As a result, landlords are noticing increasing preferences toward Class A spaces with smaller footprints, increased amenities, and ample outdoor spaces, as well as office spaces with flexible configurations to allow for team collaborating and independent work so employees feel time in the office is uniquely productive and time well spent.