As organizations around the world plan the return to the office, post Covid-19 lockdown period, they need to address a number of workplace-related challenges to meet new government guidelines and policies, which maintain employee safety, adhere to continued social distancing, all while still delivering business continuity.
Supporting these physical distancing measures will require reducing commute times and maintaining and improving flexible working methods, where offices will become a place to meet and collaborate.
And as we look into the longer-term impact of Covid-19 on our offices, how do we enable a workplace which is fit for the new expectations of our employees who now demand a more flexible approach to work.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 businesses were forced to enabled home-based working practices for most of their employees. With this rapid change to working from home, we have experienced new ways of working and have accelerated the adoption of collaboration technologies, and the employee demand for a flexible approach to work.
As with any change, there have been benefits, but also challenges to overcome. Positives cited include employees saving time and money on commuting, and having a more flexible schedule, and some negatives include the feeling of isolation from the business and feeling less motivated. Interestingly in the Qualtrics study, productivity was divisive, as employees cited it as being improved (22 percent) whilst others struggled (18 percent) in their home environment.
So as we look to get back into the office we need to consider all these factors in how they will help us redefine what our office will need to do in order to support our employees transitioning back and for the long-term.
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Workers who are physically able to see and talk to each other find it easier to collectively develop new ideas.
Employees want to avoid the many potential distractions they have at home, focus on their work and get more done in their day.
Employees can easily feel isolated when working remotely. Bringing them back keeps them engaged and connected with their team.
You can safeguard employees’ mental and emotional health by giving them the support that is only available when physically working together.
It’s much more straightforward for teams to work together in the office, stay functional, and aligned with the work of others.
Navigating our way back to the office post-Covid-19 will see businesses having to rethink, reshape and revaluate their workspaces.
This guide discusses these return to work essentials:
As we look forward, we will adapt our workspace function to the new demands made by tackling the virus but also the changed mindset of our employees in where and how they want to work.
In a recent Worktech poll, 75% of people felt that the employees would view the office as a place to meet and collaborate in the post-COVID world.
It is expected that many employees will want to take full advantage of flexible working and reduced commuting needs, blending the best of their work-from-home experience with the need to come to the office; as offices increasingly becoming places primarily for meeting and collaborating, and employees come for a specific purpose or workday activity.
So how do you provide a workspace that adapts to this increase in flexible working practices?
Employees are key to your business and we must consider these factors:
The data we have collected in the transitional phase of the opening of the office can be used to inform our long-term needs of our office space, ensuring the space and tools you provide for employees meet their needs and demands. Tracking where your employee’s work will also help you understand where they can be most productive. In the new world, employees will optimize their own work schedules to their workday and where they have the tools to do their jobs to the best of their ability – which could be at home or in the office.
So what tools help us deliver this?
– Desk Management Software
– Data Analytics
– Mobile Space Booking
Worktech Webinar Poll, 04-Jun-2020, of 180 people.
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