The events of 2020 have certainly shaken up the conventional 9-5 office work day. With more of us working from home than ever before, how do businesses encourage staff back into the workplace and what can they do to support this transition?
According to a recent survey by YouGov, 57% of workers want to continue working from home after the pandemic is over. This comes as no surprise as we see our home as our sanctuary, somewhere we feel most comfortable and safe. Not to mention you don’t have to worry about coming into contact with anyone, the decor is probably much nicer and you don’t have to make rounds of drinks the size of a football pitch. (ok so a slight exaggeration but you get the idea)
Whilst safety is paramount in this transition, there’s a few more key areas to consider to help improve employee happiness and ultimately persuade them to return to the office. The overall experience we get from our work environment has a massive impact on how we feel. Reports show that strong office design can make staff as much as 33% happier at work. In this ‘new normal’ it’s vital that office spaces become adaptable, efficient and also look good to!
Here are just some ideas that can smarten up your office design:
This trend has become increasingly popular since the onset of the pandemic as it brings home comforts into the office environment. Blending commercial with residential design creates a home from home experience for employees, allowing them to be more relaxed within the office.
Introducing natural elements to a space such as plants, light, textures and materials can really contribute to employee health and wellbeing in the office.
Flexibility in the workplace is a definite must in the post-covid workspace. These spaces should accommodate and encourage different ways of working in the office environment.
Returning to an office environment is a big undertaking for a large majority of employees who have either been furloughed or have been working from home for a long period of time. Having dedicated breakout spaces that promote relaxation will help this transition back to normal life within the office.
Technology has definitely been a vital tool in keeping communication flowing within businesses during the pandemic (although we are now all probably fed up of saying ‘you’re on mute!’) As great as it has been, it lacks one of the most basic of human needs – physical interaction and socialising. This is where pivot spaces come in. They are multi-functional areas that encourage collaboration and interactions amongst employees.
We believe using a combination of collaborative spaces, individual zoned areas and elements to enhance wellbeing is the key to employees feeling confident and inspired to return to work.
If you’d like to find out more and see how we can help transform your office space, get in touch today!