On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, REnews will organize its first online event on the challenges faced by real estate specialists in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has been a major challenge for the real estate sector and the industry is searching for the best way forward in an environment where nobody knows exactly where we are heading.
One major upheaval has been the workspace. With multiple lockdowns and working remotely, the central role the physical office has always played in a company’s strategy and budget must be reassessed. Do we still need offices – and if so what kind of offices? Is working from home really just as effective?
COVID-19 has led companies to come to the realization that, not only much of the work that usually takes place in a defined office can be carried out when the office premises are closed, but that employees are sometimes even more productive from home, while enjoying a more flexible schedule and work/life balance.
However, although businesses will most likely not go back to the way they were before, and some are already considering downsizing, it is also clear that face-to-face interaction and coming together as a team remain essential for the wellbeing of both the company and the individual. In addition, to attract and retain companies, landlords will also have to differentiate themselves from their competitors by offering added services such as sustainability and state-of-the-art technology, and the office space environment itself will have to be more inviting for employees and its purpose redefined.
Finding the right balance between the workplace and remote work is most likely the answer to the ideal future office.
We are seeing the transformation of the workplace so employees can come back as soon as possible to a space that follows the new requirements of flexible/hybrid type of work. We have noticed a greater demand for complex workspace solutions as the purpose of the office has fundamentally transformed – new zones for cooperation, mutual meetings, equipment for hybrid cooperation, spaces for creative work, but also quiet zones for deep concentrated work are all needed.
Monika Younis, Director at Capexus
REnews (https://renews.media/), an online one stop showcase of the latest in commercial real estate news from around Europe, whether residential, industrial, office, retail, hospitality, healthcare, senior, student or other, has been observing real estate developments throughout the crisis over the past 18 months.
REnews will host an online event on August 26, 2021, to bring some answers and help envision the future of office space, thanks to an exciting panel of industry experts including Bogdan Nicoara, CEO & Cofounder of Bright Spaces, Bartłomiej Zagrodnik, Managing Partner/CEO at Walter Herz, Monika Younis, Director at Capexus, and Jan Taug, CEO & Founder, Join21. The round table discussion will be moderated by Wybo Wijnbergen, Co-founder & CEO at Infinitspace.
Founded in 2019, Bright Spaces (https://brightspaces.tech/) is an end-to-end digital leasing platform for commercial real estate worldwide that enhances the showcasing, inventory & lead management, reporting, and communication between landlords, brokers, and tenants. through state-of-the-art technology, using 3D virtual staging to allow online visits to resemble live ones and provide the opportunity to interact with multiple fit-out proposals.
With a team of more than 100 specialists in architecture, technical design, interior furnishings, implementation, project management and workplace consultancy, Capexus (https://www.capexus.cz/en/), which is a member of Studio Alliance (https://www.studio-alliance.com/), designs and creates custom office interiors. By listening to the needs of each company they transform the work environment for the better.
Located in Warsaw, Poland, Walter Herz (https://walterherz.com/en) provides strategic consulting services to tenants, investors and property owners in the office, warehouse, investment, and hotel sectors in Poland. Their services include tenant and landlord representation, hospitality and investment advisory, retail and project management .
Deeply rooted in their Nordic origins and myths, the founders of Join21 (https://join21.com/) strive to bring systemic organizational change to improve collaboration, innovation and value globally. They map, assess and implement innovation in businesses working in 4 phases: Mapping a baseline, improving digital fitness, impact and benchmarking analytics.
By turning your office into a coworking / flexible workspace with a community manager, smart software and a long list of added services, Infinitspace (https://www.infinitspace.com/) brings people within a same building together by building real social connections. Their community manager manages every aspect of the tenant experience: software, spatial tech, premium services, events and community platform.
As everyone is still muddling through the unique and unexpected situation COVID-19 has thrown the world into, only the future will tell what the new office space format will really be, but as Bogdan Nicoara, CEO & Cofounder of Bright Spaces puts it: “what this crisis has shown us is that adaptability and openness to disruptive technologies are key not only in order to survive but to thrive, so I think that the future of real estate is bright for those who step out of the traditional ways and embrace innovation”.
REnews event details:
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Online – Zoom
Bartłomiej Zagrodnik Bogdan Nicoara Bright Spaces CAPEXUS Conference COVID-19 Design Flexible Office infinitSpace Jan Taug JOIN21 Monika Younis Office Office Recovery 2021 Office Space Online Event Post-pandemic PropTech Round Table Studio Alliance Walter Herz Workspace Reinvented Wybo Wijnbergen