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Asia-Pacific offices plan big changes

Companies in Asia-Pacific are expected to take bold steps in office transformation such as considering decentralization scenarios or redesigning their workplaces to protect their businesses and people following the easing of lockdown restrictions, according to a report released yesterday by international property adviser JLL.

More than 80 percent of its clients have started to explore alternatives to keep their businesses operational or have carried out certain modifications to their offices, JLL said, citing a recent survey.

“Office reentry will be a gradual and multi-phased journey that is likely to evolve as economies open up again,” said Martin Hinge, executive managing director for project and development services at JLL Asia Pacific. “As employees head back to offices, our clients’ No. 1 priority is to ensure that they’re welcoming people back to a safe and healthy environment.”

According to JLL, space planning solutions, tech-enabled experiences and operational functions are some of the priorities for companies as they navigate the reentry journey.

“In the short term, organizations will need to find ways to deliver quick adaptations to the workplace, ensuring safety and comfort for employees,” said Gonzalo Portellano, head of portfolio design at JLL Asia Pacific. “However, in the long term, business leaders will face decisions about their workspace usage against a backdrop where social distancing may be required for a long period.”


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