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Mace Report Finds Hybrid is Most Popular Working Style

Mace Report Finds Hybrid is Most Popular Working Style
21 April 2023

A new report into workplace trends by Mace shows that hybrid working alongside a collaborative central office space is the most popular post-pandemic working style.

3,000 corporate real estate professionals were interviewed as part of the Mace Operate Workplace Survey, which looked at the enduring role of a central office for businesses and considered what an office space needs to offer in an era of hybrid working.

The majority of respondents (87 per cent) said that interaction with people and workplace culture are the main benefits of going to the office. Company culture was the most selected priority, with over a 100 per cent increase in selection from respondents overall compared to 2021 survey results.


Office Re-Designs Encourage Return to Office


60 per cent of respondents ranked office re-design, to support activity-based and collaborative working, as the most or second-most effective way to encourage a return to the office.

Most businesses had already made, or plan to make, changes to their workplace to offer greater flexibility to encourage employees back to the office. 39 per cent of respondents said office design had been updated already, with 27 per cent planning to make changes.

The survey found that 78 per cent of respondents wanting to work one or more office days each week – the most popular choice being more than two days a week in the office (44 per cent). 

The adoption of technology was highlighted as an area of opportunity to further improve the workplace experience, with 43 per cent of those surveyed wanting to see a workplace experience app implemented, with 17 per cent saying one has been implemented in their workplace in the past 6 months.

Ross Abbate, Chief Executive of Mace Operate said: “In recent years our ways of working have changed dramatically and at pace. This speed of transformation is also seen in our workspaces as they adapt to cater for the post-pandemic expectations of businesses and their employees.

“The results of our 2023 workplace survey show that, with hybrid working now expected by staff and accepted by employers, the workplace needs to offer something that home working doesn’t: versatile, function driven spaces for collaboration of all kinds, a place where the everyday experience enables excellence and makes colleagues want to be a part of it.’’

Picture: a photograph of three people at a meeting table in discussion. One person is using a laptop. Image Credit: Unsplash

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 21 April 2023


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