The Future of Workspace: 68% of UK Leaders are Shifting Strategies. But Why?

Helena Sampayo
Helena Sampayo|

Businesses are yet to crack the future of work. But can we blame them? Since the pandemic, workspace leaders across the globe have navigated the task of finding the most effective workspace strategy for their business — and there were plenty of options to weigh up.

For example:

  • How will our employees feel if we get them back into the office full-time?
  • Shall we opt for a hybrid model of working?
  • Or do we ditch the office altogether and go for a fully remote strategy?

For us at Hubble, solving the workspace puzzle will take a few attempts. We’re not going to get it right the first time. Workspace leaders have embraced experimentation and learnt from what’s worked and what hasn’t — all to help them reach their business goals.

Our “The Workspace Satisfaction Report” survey results highlighted this. We went out to 200+ business leaders in the UK to discover how they’re feeling about the future of workspace strategy.

Below, we provide you with a snapshot of the hybrid and remote work statistics we’ve found. However, if you’d like to see the complete picture, you can download your free copy below!👇

Leaders are ‘testing and learning’ from workspace strategies

In the survey, 68% of business leaders plan to change their workspace strategy in the coming year — highlighting a clear willingness to try something new.

This comes after only half of the respondents said they were satisfied with their current workspace setup, with only 24% being ‘very satisfied’.

So, what do these statistics suggest? For us at Hubble, it’s a clear indication that many businesses have not arrived at a solution that works for them post-pandemic.

This could be for a number of reasons. For example, lower employee satisfaction rates, a drop in productivity or “empty desk syndrome“, to name a few.

Instead, these companies are very much in a ‘test and learn’ mode when it comes to developing a workspace strategy — and they’re clearly open to making changes. This brings us to…

Leaders are keen to choose their own adventures

Of the 68% of companies planning to change their workspace strategies over the next year, 31% said they would go fully remote and provide employees with access to flexible workspace.

The popularity of remote-first strategies doesn’t come as a huge surprise. After all, remote-first companies reported higher rates of workspace satisfaction (57%), followed by hybrid companies with mandated office days (51%).

While these statistics indicate a preference for remote work, business leaders are still considering alternative approaches. For example, 24% of respondents revealed plans to take a smaller office.

What’s more, 39% of fully remote companies said they’re more likely to consider employee preferences, compared to just 18% of fully office-based companies.

So, it’s clear that business leaders across the UK are keen to choose their own adventures. When it comes to developing a workspace strategy, there’s not a “one-size-fits-all” journey. Instead, decision-makers can customise their approach and solutions to suit their business needs.

It’s like building with Lego bricks; you can adjust and shape however you see fit!

Discover the future of work with our FREE report

If you’d like to gain deeper insights into the future of workspace, download The Workspace Satisfaction Report! It’s completely free to download and covers more key insights, such as:

  • The most popular workspace strategies: office, hybrid, or remote? 🏢
  • Back-to-office mandates: How often are leaders planning to return employees to offices? 📅
  • Measuring employee satisfaction: Explore the methods leaders use to quantify employee happiness! 📊

Get the report to gain insights into 2023 office trends and stay ahead in the future of workspace!

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