Returning to the Office
The Coronavirus pandemic has altered the way we do many things in our day-to-day lives, not least in our workplaces. Since the beginning of 2020, working from home has become the ‘new normal’ for around 50% of the UK’s workforce. Now, on the cusp of returning to the office for many of us, there is no doubt that a new way of working will be in store. Businesses are going to have to be more flexible than ever and adaptive to a world which has evolved so much due to the virus.
The new office
For many, returning to the normality of office-based working will be welcomed – a place to both socialise and collaborate. However, naturally workplaces will find themselves in the responsible position of ensuring staff are comfortable and safe, so measures such as increased air ventilation, one-way walk systems and protective screens to separate working areas are likely to be employed. As well as this, more spacious layouts and the use of pods and cells for bubble groups could well come into being, not to mention innovative layout designs to ensure staff have the necessary space to work safely and assuredly without concern.
Technology has been a saviour in enabling workforces to continue working as effectively as possible from home. Video conferencing to ensure individuals can still collaborate and that there is a sense of community have been imperative to businesses and apps such as Zoom and Teams have been hugely prevalent for this. An enormous reliance has been put on technology, not only for ways to keep employees connected, but also for things such as broadband speeds at home to give staff the opportunity to work with the same amount of efficiency as they would at the office, alongside portable devices which oftentimes have been provided directly from companies themselves.
A natural approach
As well as the aforementioned workplace measures, businesses are looking to integrate more biophilic design into their workspaces. Bringing the outdoors in will help to provide a ‘green’ atmosphere which will assist with reducing both stress and carbon dioxide levels and in turn, making a friendlier, calmer and more natural space to work in.
Although we are not able to predict how things will pan out with any amount of certainty, it is likely that going forward, flexible-working with a hybrid of office and home-based work will take place and many of the measures and practices put in place during the ‘new normal’ culture - which has been bred from the pandemic, - will continue pertaining to more of a work-life balance, further flexibility and a reduced amount of bodies in a confined space.
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” - Socrates
Reach out to us today by calling Lauren on 07540946570 and see how we can help your business achieve a return to the most practical, safe and adaptive work space it can be.