A right-sized workplace is one that has been re-organised or re-vamped to meet the needs of an increasingly hybrid workforce. It takes an open mind to embrace these changes, especially when you’ve invested so much in real estate. Keeping an office design stagnant doesn’t serve employees well. Their expectations change and develop over time. Traditional workplace norms don’t look the same as they did five, ten, or fifteen years ago, and they will continue to change as new generations enter the workforce.
A right-sized workplace is dynamic, and always adapting to meet the needs of its users. Before the pandemic, you had an office that took up an entire floor of a building. But now, two years later, only a third of your employees have expressed a desire to be back in the office for one or two days a week. That means you’re looking at a significant amount of wasted, unused square footage — and real estate spend that isn’t benefitting employees.
Right sizing that workplace might look like giving up half the floor and implementing a hoteling desk policy for employees to be able to book a desk the day before they wish to come in. You might also add more collaborative workspaces and add some phone booths throughout since people are largely coming back to the office to collaborate (but also want privacy for the occasional video call).
Right sizing a workplace is an investment in and of itself. It takes a team of dedicated facilities managers and workplace strategists, and a lot of new technology to create a truly hybrid-friendly, inclusive office. In addition, it pays off with happier employees, a more productive workplace, and an efficient work environment.
It can be helpful to know the difference between right sizing vs. downsizing. Downsizing automatically means giving up some space. However, while right sizing can include reducing the physical size of an office, it doesn’t have to. It can even mean increasing office square footage. Some offices are finding success with right sizing by simply overhauling the layout and usage of their existing space. Whether or not it makes sense to downsize an office space, redistribute square footage based on new employee needs, or just redesign it all depends on the behaviours and patterns of your employee base.
A right-sized workplace is an efficient, inclusive, flexible workplace. Some of the benefits of right-sizing an office space include: