New On-line Tool to Help Organisations’ Post-Pandemic Occupancy Planning

Matthews & Goodman, one of the country’s leading property consultancies, has launched an on-line service to help organisations determine what their occupancy requirements will be, in preparation for their employees’ (post-pandemic) return to the office.

Available 24/7, the new on-line tool is designed to help organisations review the suitability of their current accommodation and help define what they require of their workplace – in terms of functionality, productivity and ‘brand’. It also prompts them to consider the viability of opportunities, such as lease breaks, as well as limitations such as lease terms.

“We are witnessing perhaps one of the most profound changes in how we work and where we work for maybe two, or even three generations” said David Laws, Partner, Matthews & Goodman.

“Lockdown demonstrated that we do not all have to be in the office, all the time. However, many companies I have spoken to have admitted that Working From Home (WFH) has not been ideal in terms of productivity, team collaboration and management and the psychological welfare of some employees - for whom going to the office is important for social reasons.

“However, planning the great return is proving problematical because we need to consider factors such as physical distancing and other health & safety considerations, as well as review the purpose and how we intend to use the redefined workplaces.

“For some organisations, rows of desks in densely populated workplaces are no longer necessary. What they need is a combination of a territory free working zone; break-out and collaboration zones for informal brainstorms and discussions; meeting rooms for more formal meetings; and of course, a staff welfare and socialising areas. The increasing use of video calls is not overly conducive to open plan areas and many are designating areas specifically for this purpose.

“Our new on-line tool will not provide the definitive answer, but it will help define and guide what the user requires of their workplace and help them adopt a more strategic approach to their return-to-work and/or new workplace planning.”

The new workplace planning tool can be accessed via https://www.matthews-goodman.co.uk/moving-office-tool/.

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David Laws
David Laws 01 September 2020

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