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Research reveals the most in-demand features of offices and workspaces right now

Meeting rooms, breakout areas and outdoor spaces are the most in-demand workspace features, according to new research by infinitSpace. The European flexible workspace provider commissioned an independent study among 200 UK office landlords, asking them which features were most important in attracting tenants. Three in five (60 per cent) said having meeting rooms on site was either ‘very important’ or ‘somewhat important’, making it the most commonly selected options. This was followed by breakout areas (59 per cent) and outdoor spaces (58 per cent), such as a terrace, garden or balcony. Having networking events and barista coffee in the building (both 54 per cent), and a workspace app (53 per cent) were seen by office landlords as the next most important features for winning tenants.   Further down the list, having a gym (51 per cent), bike lockers (50 per cent), and shower and changing facilities (43 per cent) were less frequently selected but still seen as important among many landlords.  Over three fifths (62 per cent) of UK commercial landlords are struggling to attract prospective tenants to fill their office spaces at present, with 64 per cent having seen a “notable shift” in tenants’ demands during the pandemic.  infinitSpace’s research found that, at present, landlords dedicate an average of 33 per cent to flexible and co-working spaces – by 2026, this will rise to 44 per cent. However, 51 per cent of the landlords looking to increase their flexible workspace offering said they are daunted by the challenge of doing so.  Wybo Wijnbergen, CEO of infinitSpace, said: “Understanding what makes for an attractive and popular workspace is absolutely crucial in the current climate – as 64 per cent of landlords acknowledged, businesses’ demands have changed significantly during the pandemic, and office buildings must evolve accordingly. “Clearly, collaboration is now key. If employees are only heading to the office once or twice a week, they will want to spend this time connecting with colleagues, not stuck behind a desk. So, meeting rooms, breakout areas and networking events are no longer ‘nice to have’; they’re essential. Other factors – whether it’s outdoor space, exercise facilities or great coffee – are also becoming more and more important as businesses want to offer their staff a great experience – one that is worth braving the commute for.”

Waste Management and Recycling Survey

FMJ in conjunction with Grundon Waste Management have launched the 2022 survey into how FMs approach their waste management and recycling responsibilities.

It’s the fifth year for the annual appraisal, and as we return to normal, there is a real opportunity for FMs to reappraise their waste and recycling operations and look at new, smarter waste management strategies.

In order to understand how FMs have navigated their way through the last year and their plans for meeting stringent waste and recycling targets we’ve posed a series of questions which include insights into FMs’ waste management strategy and targets, such as zero waste and landfill, the types of waste organisations produce and what helps FMs promote waste management in their organisations?

Please share your experiences and opinions on waste management. The survey will take just five minutes to complete, and as a thank you for taking part, respondents will be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 Amazon gift card.

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