3 August 2020

What’s the future for offices? Ciphr weighs in

Ciphr’s director of people features on BBC Radio 4 and in Personnel Today, talking about the future of traditional office workspaces

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Ciphr’s director of people features on BBC Radio 4 and in Personnel Today, talking about the future of traditional office workspaces

Ciphr’s director of people and services, Claire Williams, has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and in HR industry bible Personnel Today recently, discussing the future of traditional office workspaces.

Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Friday 31 July, Williams shared Ciphr’s own plans for employees returning to its offices in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. In the segment, starting around 16 minutes into the programme, she said: “Prior to lockdown, we probably had around 40% of our workforce that were primarily field-based. I think the likelihood is that, post-lockdown, way into the future, we’ll have a majority of our workforce working on a more frequent or permanent basis from home.”

Speaking to Personnel Today, in an article also published on 31 July, Williams expanded on the shifts that offices might undergo in response to the coronavirus pandemic. She suggested that offices will become spaces for collaboration, creativity and meetings – rather than places where employees go to do desk- or laptop-based work. As a result, they are likely to resemble co-working spaces and conference centres rather than the traditional office we’ve become used to.

“I think the long-term shift we’ll see is to remote working as the default with some office-based working, rather than the other way around.”

Williams added that how organisations choose to use their offices in the future will also have an impact on their employer brand, and how they advertise and recruit for roles. “It used to be that offering flexible or remote working made a job vacancy stand out and was a real boon for your employer brand; however, as this becomes more standard, we might actually see jobs advertised as ‘office based’ aimed at attracting those candidates who don’t want to work remotely,” she said.