Office Report 2021

How do you create good team spirit at a distance? Which age group has struggled most at work during the pandemic? What can you do as a manager to optimise the working environment in your office? 

 In this report, we’ve collected statistics and important insights about today’s office life and what employees want and need from their places of work right now. Check out the Office Report 2021!


Social relationships are just as important as the work itself

According to a survey from Airtasker, 70% (of a total of 1004 full-time employees) answered that they value social relationships at work as highly as getting the job done*. The spontaneous and informal interactions that are at risk of disappearance with hybrid and remote working aren’t distractions or ways to be unproductive – on the contrary, they nourish productivity and innovation.

Read more about why the office of the future will revolve around collaboration and community.

*According to a 2020 survey by Airtasker. 1004 full-time employees across the USA responded, of whom 505 were working remotely.

We long to spend more time together

Over the past two years, the longing for social interaction has grown stronger in almost all of us. It’s no different in the workplace. 67% of people said they long for more personal time with their team. But what does research say about social interactions in the office?

Read more about the advantages of shared breaks in the office.

*According to the 2021 Work Trend Index survey by Microsoft.

Team spirit fails without meetings

In a survey carried out by Tele2 and Sifo Kantar about new ways of working during the pandemic, more than half of respondents said team spirit suffered if they met too infrequently. A majority missed coffee breaks and small talk with colleagues, and 49% felt that team spirit suffered from remote working.*

 Find ideas for team-building activities for you and your colleagues here.

*According to the 2020 “New ways of working” survey from Tele2 and Sifo Kantar.

A good working environment = satisfied and productive employees

Employees who are satisfied with their working environment are 16% more productive, 18% more likely to stay and 30% more positive about their workplace compared to employees of their competitors.* In other words, companies willing to adapt the office to their employees and their wellbeing won’t merely increase productivity but also their ability to attract and retain talent.

Read more about the advantages of an attractive working environment.

*According to a 2018 survey by Gartner research.

Take care of Generation Z!

A study carried out by Microsoft shows that ‘Generation Z’ – in other words, people born between 1997 and 2012 – is the generation that struggled most with remote working during the pandemic. The study showed that participants in this age group found it more difficult to remain engaged and interested in their work, to make their voices heard during meetings and to present new ideas, compared to older generations.

Read more about the challenges facing Generation Z.

*According to the 2021 Work Trend Index survey by Microsoft.

It's time to transform the office

66% of all business leaders are considering redesigning their offices to make them more suitable for hybrid working.* Do you have the right plan and the right tools to make the change?

Create a more inclusive and creative climate in your office.

*According to the 2021 Work Trend Index survey by Microsoft.

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