The New Zealand workspace market is unique due to the COVID-19 elimination strategy taken by the government. We are not living with stringent COVID related changes within the workplace as much as other global markets.
However, there has been some changes accelerated in the “ways of working” which has affected the marketplace. Consolidation and reducing footprints are now the market trend. This is being achieved by more agencies and corporates moving to agile workplaces and increasing the staff-to-desk ratios. In turn, offering more staff the opportunity to work flexible hours and a percentage of the working week as work from home (WFH).
Where we used to see approximately 110 staff allocated to 100 desks in an agile environment, it is now 120/140 staff per 100 desks. But as we are typically social creatures, the desire to attend an office environment is still prevalent with employees along with the increased collaboration demands in the way we now work. This limits the opportunity to just increase WFH percentages or remove office environments.
Several workplaces have gone as far as adjusting employment contracts for a requirement of three days in the office and two days from home each week on a rotation schedule. Within this consolidation, the reduction of desk sizes from 1800/1600mm straight desks to a 1400mm or even 1200mm long desks has allowed more positions per floors as well.