As offices reopen organizations are facing the challenge of managing the workplace to meet the needs of both employees and business. So how and when can companies reopen their offices in a structured and planned manner?
Having worked remotely for more than a year, many professional and administrative workers aren’t eager to return to their offices full time. Those who do come back are likely to find that office designs and routines have changed as businesses rethink the purpose and value of centralized work.
A number of the nation’s biggest firms have announced that post-pandemic they’ll combine workdays at the office and at home.
While the workforce gets ready to return to the office depending on the industry and job nature this return could take different forms. However most industry experts agreed that the workforce will not be returning to a pre-pandemic office.
Lisa Killaby surveyed 20+ workplace designers and strategists on their plans to return the office, client expectations, what they see for the workplace in 2021, and finally what could derail return to work plans.
The survey conducted in late February 2021 included participants located across the US from Boston to Portland to Houston. The participants include individuals from design firms, brokerage companies and other allies with the common thread that all participants are seasoned experts in workplace design and strategy.
Most agreed that the workplace that existed pre-pandemic will shift to accommodate those who have learned to work from home effectively, those who wish to get back to the office and face-to-face collaboration and those that may wish to combine the best if both of these alternatives.
The hybrid work model has been gaining a lot of attention and the popular consensus is that most organizations will incorporate some kind of work flexibility for the returning workforce. Therefore the hybrid workplace model will be widely adopted by most companies post pandemic.
But what are the benefits for and expectations of companies going hybrid?
A survey by IDC carried out in August 2020 found that before the Covid-19 pandemic, 8.4% of people in the US worked from home full or part-time, and in the post-crisis future, that figure is expected to be 15.8%
Because flexible work has proven to be highly beneficial, the future will incorporate hybrid work.
A hybrid approach combines the benefits of working from home with the core reasons we use offices.
Does working from home actually work?
Like everything, it depends on who you ask. It depends on their circumstances, their home setup, their job role, their individual personality, and whether or not they have noisy kids.
With the rollout of vaccination accelerating and COVID-19 restrictions easing offices worldwide are getting ready to welcome back the workforce.
Especially for shared flexible workspace operators one key area of concern is how can their coworking spaces safely reopen to members. This article offers useful tips and safety measures coworking space operators can implement before welcoming their members back to their workplace.
Operators are working to make their spaces safer as people begin to head back to the workplace.
Before people can safely and comfortably return to their workspace, some changes will need to be made.
These steps offer guidance on how to reopen your flexible workspace safely.
Around the world, businesses are starting to slowly reopen and welcome people back into the workplace. As governments continue to lift lockdowns and restrictions, organizations across industries are still figuring out ways in which they can safely reopen their workplaces.
As employees get ready to return to their workplace offices must change to accommodate them in a post-pandemic environment.
We share this article which explores the design requirements of the post-pandemic workplace for the hybrid workforce.
COVID-19 created a paradigm shift for the future of work. We may never return to “normal,” but the crisis taught us to be more mindful of health and safety, and that the workforce can successfully adapt as we navigate an uncertain future. To get to a “new normal,” the traditional office must be redesigned. In a hybrid workforce world, it’s not only about the plexiglass. It’s about the person.
Just as the advent of tech revolutionized the workplace, so too will our work environments adapt to a world in which some people return to the conventional office, but many more will continue to work from remote locations. This will include co-located workers, whose face-to-face office interactions are supported by virtual communication, remote workers who conduct all activities through tech platforms, and hybrid workers whose productivity is supported by a mix of in-person contact and virtual collaboration.