Workplace Survey Report

The BDO Workplace of the here and now

Lasting effects from the pandemic on BDO workplace culture

In 2022, BDO’s global Real Estate & Construction (REC) group gathered responses from the Managing Partners of BDO firms on initiatives and strategies connected with the return to the office, producing an external report ‘The Post-COVID Changes to BDO Office Life’. The focus was on current and near-future initiatives with the aim to gather insight and inspiration for all our firms and for our large REC client base. The outcomes, including client and market perspectives, were shared in a Rethink call, during which Managing Partners shared valuable insights, lessons learned and effective strategies deployed to navigate the changing world of work.

Recently, BDO’s global Real Estate & Construction Industry group conducted a follow-up survey among BDO firms. Two years have passed since the initial survey - the pandemic is history - but the changes in how we work have lasting impact. In February 2024 we surveyed our Managing Partners again and close to 40% responded. The range of responses covering both geographies and size of firm give a fair, balanced view of the new way of working across our global network.

While this survey data represents a snapshot in time, the responses and the initiatives that have been launched across our global organisation illustrate how BDO firms have navigated from this generational event into a new working culture, thanks to great efforts and innovations. The lessons of the last couple of years demonstrate that leaders and their teams must keep developing adaptable work strategies and initiatives.

BDO office examples were included in the report, which is zooming in on:

Flexible work style, the Hybrid office, workplace cultural differences, modifications to the office to meet new working patterns, desk-per-employee ratio, office energy use and carbon footprint, employees wellbeing, engagement and belonging, team dynamics, collaboration tools, accelerated digitization, BDO’s needs and values as corporate tenants, centralisation vs. decentralisation of the office portfolio, location matters, internal and external implications on office lease, etc.

Read the full report to navigate through interesting findings, such as the misalignments between expectations then (post-covid) and the actual situation, the shifts in attention and in ranking when priotising issues related to the office.  

The report will be made available soon for both colleagues and clients.



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