Hybrid is what everyone is talking about with respect to the workplace, yet new research shows that many companies are still unprepared. 

Comfy and Enlighted, subsidiary companies of Siemens and leading providers of intelligent and sustainable workspace solutions, today released findings from The New Workplace Reality report, revealing that while the move to flexible working is widely accepted, preparedness to implement such a strategy is not yet fully realized. The study polled 75 corporate real estate (CRE) executives from global companies with annual revenues of over $1 billion on the strategic considerations of redefining workforce models due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release.

Among the findings: 

  • While the majority of respondents (83%) have shifted permanently to a hybrid work model, most (88%) are not prepared with change management processes to implement the shift, and 25% of respondents are still firming up their return-to-work strategies.
  • Maximizing business productivity is the top concern for corporate real estate executives, with flexible working seen by 99% of respondents as a critical enabler. Sustainability was noted as the second highest priority by 91% of CRE executives.
  • The emphasis on hybrid workspaces has transformed the role of the corporate real estate executive, with over half experiencing major role changes, of which 93% cited having more strategic influence.

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