What is the Anywhere Office and how does it impact the future of work?

Professionals are increasingly choosing the “anywhere office” over working from home.

por Alexei Martchenko

The term “anywhere office”, which has been a tendency in the future of work for quite some time, gained even more notoriety and momentum after the pandemic. The fact that the office can literally be anywhere lends to a work model in which companies’ employees or freelance professionals can perform their tasks regardless of where they are physically located. This modality is broader than the home office, since it not only includes working from home, but is effectively a consolidation of remote work.

The Covid-19 pandemic drastically changed people’s routines, including the way they work. Initially, there was a need to work from home. Later, in some cases, there was a gradual return to the office or many companies adopted a hybrid model. And more recently, even with the pandemic better under control, many companies have adopted a permanent remote work regime, aiming to cut costs on the part of the worker, the company and also due to the increased quality of life afforded by remote work. This does not, however, mean that most workers will only work from home. 


Search for coworking expands 90% worldwide 

A survey by International Workplace Group (IWG), which manages coworking spaces throughout the world, revealed that there was a 93% increase in the search for collective work spaces in the first quarter of 2022, compared to the same period of the previous year.

Since many companies have adopted the hybrid work system, collective work spaces became a more cost-effective and easier option for both companies and employees. According to the same survey, half of the economically active population in the world already performs their duties outside the office over twice a week.


Flexibility gains strength as a criterion for choosing new jobs

A recent survey by digital recruiting startup Intera with over 3,000 technology professionals revealed that 7 in 10 of them (71%) prefer the remote work model, while 28% indicated a preference for the hybrid model and only 1% chose office work. 

In general, the reasons that led to these choices are related to quality of life and job performance: savings in costs and commute, meals and more time spent with family weigh on the choice of the remote regime. Of the professionals interviewed, 41.5% hold senior or expert positions, 27.3% are considered mid-level employees and 31.6% are junior employees.


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