Hybrid work is not just about having a few remote workers. It is about creating a cohesive work environment that allows for seamless collaboration between in-person and remote employees. To achieve this, buildings must have the necessary technology to support virtual meetings, document sharing, and other collaborative tools. Here is a list of things tenants have been asking about when looking for new spaces.
1 – Reliable network connectivity
With the increased use of tools like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and collaboration tools, having reliable internet connectivity is one of the main requests tenants are making when looking for an office space.
Many buildings may not be equipped with the IT infrastructure necessary to support your network connectivity requirements. This is not just an Ottawa problem, its a Canadian problem. We don’t have enough Internet speed. So, the first thing you look for is what service providers are available in the office.
2 – Compatibility is key
When setting up a workspace, it’s important to consider how well your existing systems will perform in that building. For example, you might want to consider whether your Wi-Fi will interfere with your neighbour’s Wi-Fi or if you’ll have good cell phone coverage in the building. With the rise of mobile devices, many people choose not to have a desk phone anymore. However, it’s important to ensure that your cell phone coverage is reliable, especially if you plan on using it as your primary means of communication. One of the things Attain does is ensure that the client’s technology needs are supported with the appropriate infrastructure.
3 – Collaboration spaces and meeting equity
When considering a workspace, it’s important to determine if collaboration spaces are available within the building. Building your own can be very expensive, particularly if you’re incorporating technology. This is where the concept of “meeting equity” comes in. It’s important to ensure that remote and in-person participants have the same level of access and engagement in meetings. This requires investment in technology and screens that can make remote participants feel like they’re in the same room as those present in person. Having a video conference space within the building can facilitate this “meeting equity” and ensure that all participants have equal opportunities to collaborate and contribute.
4 – Environment and social responsibility
As more individuals and businesses become aware of their environmental impact, the concept of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) policies has gained traction. When considering a workspace, it’s important to ask about the building’s ESG policy and whether it aligns with your own personal values and needs. This might include questions about recycling, carbon neutrality, and the type of energy the building uses. Tenants, especially larger corporations with their own ESG policies, are increasingly asking these questions as they look for spaces that reflect their values.
By considering these four factors, tenants can create a workspace that aligns with their values and needs, and businesses can attract and retain tenants who prioritize sustainability and social responsibility. As the trend toward hybrid work continues to grow, buildings must adapt to meet the changing needs of tenants and support a seamless, productive work environment for all.