The COVID-19 pandemic will have an ongoing effect on work environments. Moving forward, businesses will want workspaces that offer more flexibility, increased collaboration, and provide more opportunities for social distancing. In addition, workspaces will need to accommodate more technology and remote work environments. Here are some things you can expect from the post-pandemic workspace.
Fluid Work Environments
After spending months working remotely and using conferencing tools, professionals have gotten used to collaborating closely with their colleagues. In the future, office designs will likely lean away from private workstations and toward collaborative meeting spaces. In addition, work models will have more balance between in-person work and remote work. Office spaces will have the flexible to go from private spaces to collaborative using design features like privacy curtains and mobile furniture. Many offices will have the technology to host video conferences built-in to make it easier for employees to work from home.
Enrique Tovar, a Mexican architect, recently developed a modular portable desk. The desk folds and can easily move from one location to the next. Portable desks like the one designed by Tovar will become the new normal as companies seek more fluidity. Desks can be moved close to each other to encourage collaboration and can be moved apart to create more space. The Tovar desk is configured in a way that even when the desks are arranged in modules, they still meet social distancing measures. Portable desks offer a unique design which gives employees more control over their work environment.
Flexible office spaces are a major trend right now and the pandemic stands to make this trend even more prominent. Companies want offices that can be used by one person and then turned into a space where groups can hold meetings. Screens, countertops, portable walls, and other elements can allow office spaces to accommodate many different uses, while allowing companies to provide a work environment that enables employees to maintain focus but still allows employees to collaborate when necessary.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, professionals have gotten used to working from home and experience all of the flexibility that remote work entails. Companies will want to create workspaces that give their employees the flexibility that they have come to expect. As office spaces become more fluid, teams will have the ability to have a work environment that allows them to focus when they have a tight deadline and to collaborate when they need to brainstorm.
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