Returning to work in a post-COVID world: in-office, remote, or both?


While the COVID-19 pandemic required office workers to modify or completely change their workspaces to maintain health and safety protocols, the increasing availability of the COVID vaccine now have many picturing how their return to work will look in the post-COVID world. Now that U.S. workers have worked remotely for months during the pandemic, a more balanced approach is dictating workplace preferences.

According to the Gensler Research Institute’s U.S. Workplace Survey, the majority of respondents preferred neither a complete return to work nor working remote 100 percent of the time. Instead, the majority of workers preferred a hybrid of the two.

When asked how many days per week would you prefer to work from the office versus remotely (or at home), 21 percent would prefer to work one or two days and 24 percent would prefer to work three or four days remotely each week.

Why might this be the case?

Workers likely want what they’ve been missing throughout the pandemic: connection. They see the physical workplace and in-person collaboration as key aspects of their jobs. They want to collaborate, socialize and capture the long-term positive impact these activities have on their careers. Inc. Collaborative projects have become a familiar tool for businesses – with good reason. This article reported evidence that even the perception of collaborative work on a project can result in a supercharged performance by the contributors!

The cofounder and former chief executive and chairperson of Apple, Steve Jobs, summed up the potential impact of collaboration in this way: “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”

TractionSpace cultivates a vibrant work community renting offices, desks, and hot desks within easily-accessible locations that allow for collaboration, socialization, and connection to occur safely according to CDC guidelines. Whether you’re a small business looking for offices, an individual contributor who needs a collaborative environment, or a freelancer seeking professional guidance, we cater to the unique needs of our members. We help businesses and people who are redefining their work processes and priorities through COVID-19 and beyond to enable high productivity, creativity, business networking, and the ability to learn and grow professionally. Schedule a tour today

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