Will the concept change or evolve as a result of the Covid lockdown situation we've been through?
Yes, I think it will.
How that actually lands is anybody's guess.
Perhaps the biggest factor in Agile working has been the development of technology and the ability to work in a remote setting.
The pandemic has really accelerated a habit form, rather than the technology that was already there.
Our earthquakes in Wellington and around New Zealand over the previous five years have accelerated organisations – and particularly Government – into getting their IT systems up to a remote working standard.
And that's been a pre-requisite to being able to deal with the pandemic in a much smoother way.
How we go back to work? .... there will certainly be changes.
It's given some people flexibility to manage their lives in a better way, because you can work at different times – you don't have to go to a certain place in a certain window to deliver your productivity for the organisation.
So self-management is going to become an increasing consideration.
I think we are going to see a drop in the square meterage organisations have as a permanent office.
But I don't think there will be reduced density – people will come and go from an organisation's centre with a lot more fluidness. You won't have everybody there all of the time.
At the same time, I think you have to look at what that does for your employees – not just cramming them all in, but providing a more generous and workable environment for a sense of belonging, for cross-communication, sharing key resources.
I think we'll see a decline in how much commercial real estate office is taken up by organisations because people are going to be working in different places, including home.
But people do need to have a sense of belonging – it's not as though organisations are going to become completely virtual.
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