Published on November 9, 2023, 3:33 am

Around 25% of organizations in the Asia/Pacific region are already redesigning their offices, according to a recent IDC report on “The Future of Workspace: Bringing Employees Back into the Office.” The report also states that within an 18-month period, around 70% of organizations in the region will undertake office redesign projects.

The primary motivation for these office redesigns is not only to bring employees back onsite but also to enhance operational efficiency. However, one of the main challenges faced by Asia/Pacific organizations in this process is the disruption it may cause to their operations.

Leaders and organizations embarking on office redesign projects need a clear roadmap and a demonstrated tangible return on investment (ROI) to ensure successful outcomes. Dr. Lily Phan, research director at IDC Asia/Pacific’s Future of Work department, emphasizes that improving productivity and employee experience are key objectives for these office redesigns. At the same time, leaders are hesitant about any disruptions that may impact their business operations, even if those disruptions yield productivity improvements.

To achieve their goals, organizations intend to allocate between 11% and 30% of their budget towards office redesign efforts. Their aim is to transform the workplace by enhancing team collaboration and providing conducive environments for focused work by 2024. Additionally, AP organizations are keen on investing in smart office management software and infrastructure.

There are several driving factors behind these office redesign endeavors. Improving employee experience, increasing operational efficiency, accommodating hybrid work models, fostering company culture development, and saving costs all contribute to this trend.

Dr. Phan highlights that hybrid work arrangements are now widely accepted due to approximately 60% of employees expressing a preference for remote work options. Consequently, offices must offer comparable or even better experiences than remote work setups to entice employees back into physical workplaces. Many organizations recognize this need and are redesigning their offices accordingly with the goal of improving in-office experiences and boosting collaboration and productivity.

In conclusion, the IDC report sheds light on the growing trend of office redesign within organizations across the Asia/Pacific region. Despite challenges related to operational disruptions, organizations are willing to invest significant resources in transforming their workplaces. By prioritizing employee experience, operational efficiency, and accommodating hybrid work models, these organizations aim to create environments that promote collaboration and increase productivity. As the future of work continues to evolve, office redesign projects serve as a strategic response to changing work dynamics and employee preferences.

Note: This article is an original creation based on information from various sources but does not cite or reference any specific original source.

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