The discussion at the "Work & Live 2024" seminar, organized by the consulting company Savills together with the operator of service centers WorkLounge, also revealed that the office market is currently mainly influenced by the economic situation of both companies and the employees or self-employed, as well as work trends , which relate to the various possibilities of working practically anywhere.
Therefore, a number of employers today are looking for ways to reconcile all these requirements. "In order to make the right decision about which offices a company needs, it is sometimes important to go into the very details of the work activity. Such a detail can make a decision in the final and will save considerable costs. For example, some of the consulting companies, thanks to the transition to online meetings, no longer need to be right in the city center to make their offices easily accessible for visitors. In Prague, they are therefore considering some of the newly developed, yet attractive locations with projects on the metro and with a view of greenery, which are now being completed," says Pavel Novák from Savills, adding that very often the selection of suitable office space is preceded by a study of the working environment and the traffic situation in a specific location.
It's not just the surface
"Companies often don't know how many square meters they need for their office and still often think that this is the only deciding factor. Not only due to the economic situation, but also to work trends, they began to think about new offices and work style in the context of other details. These include, for example, shared spaces, coworking centers and the ability to work from anywhere. These trends also have a good effect not only on higher work productivity, but also on well-being," Lubomír Šilhavý from WorkLounge describes the current situation.
Michal Hink from the law firm DLA Piper points out the changes in corporate needs regarding the area of office space and the subsequent impact of this development on the market: "A number of companies have long-term leases and large spaces, but after the covid period they find that they will not use them. Therefore, there is also the possibility of subleasing with a company that has rented premises itself. In this case, the price for a sublease is usually lower than for the lease itself."
At the same time, office and work metamorphoses also have an impact on the housing market. "Regarding the trend of working from home, there is a change in the layout of apartments. For new projects, we deal with architects, for example, work areas in apartments where the whole family can live at the same time," says Denisa Višňovská from the Lexxus Norton real estate agency.