While offices are slowly reopening the majority of workers will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future.

Research from ParkOffice.io has shown employees around the world are beginning to return to offices with 33pc of workers back in the office.

ParkOffice’s Office Index which has monitored office parking occupancy during the lockdown shows office occupancies dropped by 80pc at the height of global restriction.

“With the rise of working from home, it’s hard to see occupancy levels ever hitting pre-Covid levels again”

The week commencing 30 March was the quietest week for offices as countries like the UK and the US were plunged into widespread lockdowns.

Office usage dropped 80pc from pre-Covid averages as only frontline employers remained open.

Desk drop

The week commencing 29 June was the busiest week since the Covid-19 crisis began with office usage rising to 33pc, this was a 20pc week on week increase as economies began to reopen.

“There has been a lot of doom and gloom around the future of offices over the last few months but we’re clearly starting to see employees return to the office,” said ParkOffice.io CEO and founder Garret Flower.

“With the rise of working from home, it’s hard to see occupancy levels ever hitting pre-Covid levels again.

“This is going to raise a whole host of challenges for companies around floor space required, desk allocation and parking allocation which will massively accelerate adoption of property technologies,” Flower added.

Preparing for the new future of work

Index showing office occupancy worldwide.

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 9 July, 2020

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