Providing offices and employees with the necessary tools and information to transition into the future.
Welcoming back employees.
Returning to the office will be more difficult than previously imagined. Not only do managers have the challenge of creating a safe workplace, which abides by changing government regulations, they also need to start preparing for the future.
COVID-19 has brought about permanent changes in the way we work. Due to the widespread introduction of remote work, employees have experienced greater work autonomy and a better work-life balance.
This experience has led to growing calls for flexible and dynamic work options. So, in order to satisfy current employees and attract future talent, workplaces need to look ahead and transition to a new way of thinking and working.
Transitioning to the new working culture.
Learn more about the changes workplaces are currently experiencing and see how the new working culture will look.
Most employees worked in the office, with limited remote working options. Workplaces were mainly designed with traditional assigned desks, and rigid working hours. This meant employees were heavily dependent on their office building to be productive.
Returning to the office
Offices are forced to adapt in order to meet changing government regulations. Remote working is slowly being replaced by working in the office part-time. Collaboration and team work are largely done online to safeguard employees' health.
The new work culture
The new working culture is flexible and dynamic. Employees will have greater autonomy in terms of when and where they work. There will be a greater emphasis on work-life balance and work satisfaction, as well as the introduction of 'flatter' organisational structures.
The future workplace.
To facilitate the new working culture and offer flexible and hybrid work options, the physical workplace will have to be changed.
The future workplace will have a bigger focus on collaboration, as individual work can be achieved remotely. This means a greater introduction of shared desks and an increase in collaborative spaces, such as meeting rooms and innovative team areas.
The office will also become a place where employees are no longer bound to specific working hours. Check-in and out systems will become more common in order to manage this change, as well as ensure the safety of employees.
Employee well-being will be another prime focus, which will be reflected in the workplace design. Comfortable relaxation spaces and seating areas will be added. These will also double as more informal workspaces.
The new workplace and working culture is predicted to have two significant long-term benefits, which benefit both employees and employers.
With increased flexibility, employees are able to work during their productivity peaks. Employees are also able to stay energised by taking breaks when required, as well as achieve greater work satisfaction and motivation.
Better employee well-being
The new working culture is being implemented in response to growing calls for better work-life balance. An improved work-life balance helps increase employee well-being, as well as work satisfaction and company loyalty. With positive mood having a significant effect on creativity, companies can also benefit from increased innovation.