Workplace Flexibility

Workplace Flexibility


Workplace Flexibility Vademecum - a practical guide to key trends in the office real estate market and how to combine traditional workspaces with their flexible variation.

2020 can undoubtedly be viewed as having been a breakthrough year. Within days, sometimes hours, we were forced to rethink our habits and rearrange our plans for the future - near and distant all to remain safe and limit the spread of the virus. Uncertainty became a permanent part of our everyday lives. As a result, our workplaces - the second most crucial environment in which we had spent time up till then - had to adjust. From the perspective of the experience of the past months, we know that the pandemic constitutes rather a substantial evolution than the catalyst for a revolution, accelerating the ongoing changes in real estate strategies that would have otherwise taken years to implement.

We have also observed the search for the perfect balance between the traditional office, home, and flexible workspaces - the latter being given increasing attention due to global uncertainty and the desire to sustain this new way of working. The pandemic has visibly accelerated the shift towards more flexible workplace solutions.

"We have decided to publish this material for two reasons. First, the past year was challenging, during which a number of concerns regarding the future of the office market arose, as did expert opinions in response to them. We wanted to collate and present them to the reader in the form of a vademecum in order to let readers decide for themselves what appear to be the current key trends. Second, April marks four years since flex space operator Business Link joined the Skanska Group. This is probably the best time to share our flexible workplace practices. Conversations about managing uncertainty and achieving agility in workplace organization haven’t been this critical in many years, and we have excellent know-how in this particular area. After all, we were the first developer to invest in a flex operator."

Katarzyna Zawodna-Bijoch
President and CEO
Skanska commercial development business unit in the CEE

Key workplace flexibility use cases

Did you know that...


75 % of employees, when asked whether working from a shared space would be an option acceptable to them, said that it would be, at least for a short period (Source: CBRE)


Ca. 9 months is the average swing contract length of our corporate clients while they wait in flex space for target traditional (core) space.


66% of real estate players think that flexible lease contracts will become the new normal (Source: EY)


From 92 to 187 workstations was the growth of a company from the financial sector that chose swing space in Business Link High5ive, expanding twice while it waited to move to core space in the same office campus.


32 % of office workers currently work according to a hybrid model, from undefined days (from time to time) up to shifts (on specified days or during certain weeks) (Source: Skanska)


A ca. 10-fold increase in the number of workstations used by one of the tenants in Business Link Maraton was observed by us while it incubated its business in the region. This was one of the largest increases in staff numbers that we have ever seen among our corporate clients.


Almost half of employees go to the office every day, despite over 60% of respondents claiming that they do have comfortable working conditions at home (Source: Skanska)


Over 5,000 co-working spaces, including Business Link venues, are already available in Colliers Mobility Pass – an innovative tool that facilitates the hub & spoke model.


10% of companies’ office space portfolios are expected to be flexible within three years, according to almost half of respondents surveyed by Colliers (Source: Colliers)

Read more about how to introduce flexibility into your workplace strategy!

Traditional spaces (core)

We invite you to contact us if you are interested in a workstation pool diversification strategy - our leasing experts will prepare a tailor-made flexible workplace offer. No matter which of our experts listed you contact, we work together every time, including when it comes to advising on the right kind of workplace strategy for your business. 

We are present in four CEE countries: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania, and are proud to be delivering the best quality office spaces in:

Flex space

Currently, the combined core & flex offer of the Skanska can be obtained in five cities: Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Wrocław, and Prague – perfect for the hybrid, growth, and swing models of combining office requirements.

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