#3: A Guide to the future office

More and more people are now releasing the pause button, adapting as quickly as possible to a new reality. What will the post-Covid-19 office space look like?

In three articles we share insights from our own trend analysis. Here is our third set of insights.

 

A helping hand
What does a safe and sound transition to the new post-covid-19 society look like, when we’re all sitting in the same boat? A helping hand comes from the global real estate company Cushman & Wakefields. In their guidebook, prepared by a global research team, they list 6 recommendations with ideas and tips on solutions, that they themself test at their own Amsterdam office:

  1. Prepare the Building – implement cleaning plans. 2. Prepare the Workforce – create policies that limits the number of employees simultaneously in the office 3. Reduce access to the building, enforce protocols for safety and health checks, and use e.g. plexiglass dividers. 4. Create markings for reminding of at least two meters Social Distancing. 5. Reduce touch points & increase cleaning of e.g. doors, handles, buttons. 6. Communicate for employee confidence – recognize the fear employees may feel in returning, communicate transparently.

 

New office flows
The Washington Post notes that WeWork coworking spaces recognizes the need to change behaviours by reorganizing office flows, increase sanitation functions and applying “every-other-place” to the former “shared-working-spaces”. Work Design Magazine adds to this vision of the future by noting that the trend of densified offices, open office landscapes and team-rooms is declining in importance, in favour of smaller offices where people can meet and are closer to employees’ homes.

 

Clean air fast return
One last insight is to invest in updated air filtration systems. A key factor that allowed the Chinese workforce to return to their offices so quickly after the shutdown.

Source: The Guardian, Forbes, Washington Post, Work Design Magazine

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