With the vaccine rollout gaining momentum, a return to the office is no longer a distant goal but there is no denying that some of the changes that have rung through workspaces will continue to echo in the coming months as normality gets redefined.
Here are 4 predictions of what the future workspace may look like…
Hybrid Working Model
With workforces successfully adapting to remote working, many rushed to predict the death of the traditional office environment. However, as many began to suffer from Zoom fatigue, it became apparent that the benefits of an office environment could not be achieved in a home setting. Instead, employees are looking forward to returning to the office, opting for a more hybrid model of working, enabling them to benefit from the perks of the office environment and working from home.
Health and Wellbeing
The importance of health and wellbeing was already gaining momentum before the Covid-19 pandemic hit but the last year has seen this movement accelerated with it becoming a core value for many firms. A good work-life balance is now seen as being equally important as a good salary and so employers must make health and wellbeing a key consideration in their office designs if they are to attract (and keep) the top talent.
New office environment
Traditional rows of desks were already being replaced by large co-working spaces prior to the pandemic in an effort by firms to create a more collaborative environment within the office. With the extended period of lockdown creating some knowledge gaps, it is predicted that offices will continue to foster a more cooperative setting, allowing employees to easily engage and connect with one and other.
Outside areas will also grow in prominence to offer a safe area that harnesses community spirit and embraces nature.
The office environment breeds culture. It is a place rife with socialisation and collaboration where knowledge is easily shared amongst the team and employees can connect with management. It is extremely difficult to create this same atmosphere in a remote setting where staff are working from home in a full-time basis. Office designs will implement this value, with spaces encouraging staff participation to create a more inclusive and engaged workforce.
Ultimately, the future workspace will see firms that are more connected than ever. The pandemic has deepened the connections within workforces, highlighting the power of shared knowledge and socialisation within companies. A hybrid model of working will be the choice for many employers and this balancing act between office and remote working could end up creating employees who are more effective and productive than ever. This will mean many offices will have to undergo radical transformation to be fit for purpose in the ‘new normal.’ At WorkSpace we have substantial experience of collaboration with clients and designers to create working environments that are conducive to collaboration but take on board the hugely important requirements for social distancing as well as health and safety. We’re always happy to chat too. Talk soon.