Zoom is one of a series of major companies encouraging employees to return to the office, but KPMG’s latest annual survey shows that the majority of global CEOs expect all employees to fully return to the office by 2026. They report that they are expecting.
That may be easier said than done.
The pandemic has changed people’s attitudes towards flexible working, but it has also changed staff expectations of their employers and workplaces.
Previous research has highlighted the increasing risk of staff disengagement, with research published in August 2022 finding that 60% of workers feel disconnected from work. There was found.
The best work environments have a measurable positive impact on employees, improving their mental and physical resilience and helping companies improve employee retention, wellbeing, productivity and team connection. This will help you make a profit.
Companies that invest in culture can create a circular economy that benefits everyone.
Given these potential benefits and the risks of increasing disconnection, more companies are finding creative ways to bring employees back to the office. This is where investing in cultural initiatives, including office art, becomes important.
According to a report by Brookfield Properties, 69% of office workers agree that having interesting and visually appealing artwork in the workplace contributes to their well-being.
At Artiq, the art agency I run that leases collections to businesses across the city, we’ve seen an interesting shift over the past 18 months in what our clients’ staff want from their work environments. .
Historically, the focus has been on proving environmental reliability. Today, our clients also want their workplaces to embody their social values.
Investing in cultural initiatives is an obvious way to achieve this.
Companies that invest in culture can, if properly planned and executed, create a circular economy that benefits everyone. The region’s creative economy benefits from investment. Companies develop distinct narratives around offices and identities that are rooted in their locations and communities. Staff benefit from a rich and stimulating environment.
Socially focused collections come in many forms. In our experience, that means women-only collections, seasonal collections that speak to important moments in the calendar, such as Black History Month, or local collections that highlight the best aspects of a region or community.
Staff themselves are often given a say in what they want their office to look like and what will best benefit them.
Our own research shows how effective this is.