A century ago, anyone with a corporate job had to go to the office because that’s where all their tools of trade, from fax machines to telephones, were. Fast forward to the 21st century; things have changed drastically in large part due to increased access to smartphones, laptops, and modern-day technology.
As the world copes with Covid-19, the 21st-century office space as we know it is set to change even more as a majority of companies transition to remote working models. This article discusses some of the expected trends in the future of office space.
- Pleasant, Spacious Offices with Room for Personal Privacy
Although offices will remain an integral part of the corporate world, one area that will certainly change is the office design and business model. More companies will prioritize the need for social distancing and isolation in the office space, creating a paradigm shift to open, spacious, and collaborative office spaces.
These offices will be characterized by spacious lounge areas, open kitchens, and tiny break-out rooms. They’ll also have better air filtration and HVAC systems, and features that facilitate social distancing like wider corridors characterized by one-way foot traffic. Despite their open nature, these offices will still have room for personal privacy.
- Pleasant Informal Corporate Spaces
As noted, it’s not that businesses are not willing to shift to remote working; it’s just that a majority of them don’t have the resources required to implement effective remote working systems. As time goes by, however, this is set to change and more enterprises will be open to incorporating systems like Safeter.
However, office spaces will remain integral, as employees still require traditional office social interaction for maximum productivity. To address this, the office will be a pleasant space where employees work for shorter periods than the traditional 9 am to 5 pm or where they meet for informal meetings and to exchange ideas.
- Corporate Wellness
The recent years have seen more companies embrace corporate wellness into their working spaces. We already saw businesses set up fully-equipped gyms, meditation spaces, and even kitchens with healthy food options. Now with the onset of Covid-19, businesses will naturally gravitate towards corporate wellness as a way to keep their employees healthy and productive.
Offices Will Remain Integral Part
The demand for offices and the corporate workspace is innately linked to the health of the economy. Whenever there’s an economic recession, the demand for corporate workspaces drops as businesses try to cut operational costs. Given that the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have caused an economic downturn, does it mean that office space demand will drop?
The short answer is yes and no. Yes, because some businesses have already transitioned to remote-working models completely. But this will only affect the demand slightly. Why? Well, although a majority of companies are now looking to incorporate remote working into their models, the transition is set to take some time. This is because a majority of businesses still don’t have what it takes to set up effective remote working systems.
Also, for most employees, their home arrangements are riddled with distractions, lack of privacy, and generally are less than optimal for office work. So, even though Covid-19 has pushed most businesses to embrace the flexibility of remote operations, the demand for office and corporate workspaces can only be slightly affected.