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Publication date: 28 Nov 2022

70% of Asia/Pacific Organizations are Planning an Office Redesign to Bring Back Employees Onsite and Improve Operational Productivity


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SINGAPORE November 29, 2022 – According to a new IDC Future of Work report, The Future of Workspace: Bringing Employees Back into the Office, around 25% of organizations across Asia/Pacific are already redesigning their offices, 70% of them will do so in an 18-month period. Organizations are redesigning their offices to bring employees back onsite and, at the same time, improve operational efficiency.

However, disruption to operations is the main challenge for AP organizations in redesigning the workplace. “Without a clear road map and demonstrated tangible ROI, office redesign projects will fail to deliver expected outcomes. For leaders and organizations, office redesign goals are to improve productivity and employee experience. However, they are averse to any disruptions to their business operations even if these will improve productivity,” says Dr. Lily Phan, Research Director, Future of Work, IDC Asia/Pacific.

Organizations are prioritizing and are willing to invest from 11–30% of their budget in office redesign. They plan to transform the office to enhance both team collaboration and focused work by 2024. Smart office management software and infrastructure are also focused investments for AP organizations. Improving employee experience, enhancing operational efficiency, accommodating hybrid work, developing the company culture, and saving costs are all major drivers for organizations to redesign their offices.

“Hybrid work is no longer debated. About 60% of employees prefer to work remotely, so the office must provide a comparable or even better experience for them when they are to come back in person. Many organizations are redesigning their offices, thereby improving employees' in-office experience and increasing collaboration and productivity,” adds Dr. Phan.

The IDC Future of Work framework takes a holistic, integrated approach, encompassing three interrelated and interconnected pillars: Culture, Augmentation, and Space. This refers to how the work environment should adapt to support a new hybrid workforce and new work culture, specifically a borderless digital workspace and reimagined workplace. This IDC Presentation focuses on the space pillar, which encompasses multiple facets of modern digital work, and it is not only limited to the physical workplace. It exists across every vertical industry and use case. Any workflow in which digital technology has emerged is a digital workspace.

This IDC Survey, The Future of Workspace: Bringing Employees Back into the Office (#AP48504122), includes insights from organizations’ IT and business decision makers on office redesign and key technology investments for integrating physical and digital workplaces. The insights are based on IDC‘s 2022 Asia/Pacific Future of Workspace Survey and IDC’s 2022 Future of Work Global Survey. The reports also highlight recommendations for Tech Sales Leaders and Marketers to be successful in digital intelligent workspace technologies.

For more information on this report, please contact Dr. Lily Phan at For media queries, please contact Miguel Carreon at and Michael de la Cruz  at


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