Widespread disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have meant that businesses and individuals have had to discover new ways of working….
And as we head towards the so-called ‘new normal’ it’s time to envisage what that will mean for the office!
The post-pandemic workplace
Following the events of 2020 and 2021 the wellbeing of employees in the workplace (or at home) has become a huge focus, and office furniture plays a very large role in that.
The most productive employees are those who feel comfortable and at home in the workplace and companies that don’t provide workers with the types of spaces that they need to manage the demands of work will see a negative impact on both wellbeing and productivity.
The modern office
The most effective and modern office spaces are characterised by division into different zones that support employees as they perform particular tasks – an office should be adjusted to employees and how they work and not the other way around.
If employers combine the right space with the right choice of functional furniture solutions by thinking about the role of the employees and what they are required to achieve, they will create a functional and productive modern office environment.
What spaces do employees need?
Depending on their job role your workforce needs a space where they can focus and concentrate but also a place where they can interact with others for meetings or training, presenting to clients….
Collaborative space is also beneficial – where do your team hold informal meetings, brainstorm sessions? If it is at their desk that is taking away their focus space when they are trying to concentrate.
A space to recharge
The canteen or break-out room is not a new idea but some employers are breaking it down a little more – a dining space where people can gather and chat as they eat but also a quiet room where employees can go if they are just looking for a little time to relax.
Although you may think the space you have is not big enough to incorporate everything, it is usually the case that when you begin thinking about it and redesigning there is a way to make it work.
Health and safety
Post-pandemic another important aspect of offices is health and safety – personal space that is protected…whether that be dividers, screens or other options, and protocols to protect all employees.
Now is the perfect time to think about adapting your space for the health and safety of your team, but also to think about the possibilities of making your office more modern and functional at the same time.
Do get in touch with us if you would like to have a discussion about the possibilities…..