So, what happens when it’s time to get back to the office?
April 26, 2020
April 26, 2020
The current pandemic has set the stage for a giant experiment. Is remote work here to stay? And who will go back to the office first?
The first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak is beginning to pass and state governments are now reviewing current restrictions and planning next steps. It may soon be time to go back to the office, but what will that look like? Unfortunately, there isn’t a cut and dry answer. Let’s take a look at the short- and long-term considerations for returning to our previous work environments. Reducing office capacity and fostering employee confidence in a clean workspace will be one of the key first steps:
In the long term, clients and building owners will reassess their responses to the virtualization of work, and how buildings and workspaces are designed to support tenant health:
Will we return to the old model of private offices? Will conference rooms and open office space expand to allow for greater personal space? A new interest in remote work and leaps and bounds made in the virtualization of work have set us on an exciting new course. The future of the workplace will likely include a combination of virtual and in-office work. And as designers, this is the perfect time to reimagine the office of the new future.
This is the first in a multi-part blog series on how workplaces can respond and adapt to the new normal following COVID-19. Next Up: People and Technology with Angie Lee and Tod Moore.