How to Redesign Workplaces with an Eye on Safety, Agility, Flexibility, and Mobility
Now is the time to see how well businesses can adapt to flexibility in workplace, and how we work in the future.
What do you think, traditional office layouts still make sense in our new normal?
For the time being, remote working has allowed businesses to run their operations, but many employees want to return to the office. It’s time to develop flexible solutions in workplace offerings and employee expectations.
The transformation to facilitate flexible work isn't new, and we expect it to continue to change our workspaces after the COVID-19 pandemic, but COVID-19 has necessitated a faster-than-expected transformation for all of our offices to support work from home, social distancing, and providing cleaner, more efficient workspaces.
As a result, the hybrid work arrangement has emerged, allowing employees to work from virtually anywhere. Many large corporations, like Microsoft, have adopted a hybrid work philosophy to make use of the advantages of both remote and in-person cooperation.
“Backed by advanced IT infrastructure, the new model will give employees options of both physical and virtual interactions, and allow them to seamlessly work in a virtual environment while managing their professional and personal lives,” said Ruchu Bhalla, India’s Country Head at a tech firm Pitney Bowes.
Many restaurants swiftly adopted virtual ordering and delivery services after Hitachi used sensors to assess social alienation in industries. Instead of preparing a return to ways of working that were becoming antiquated and outmoded even before the pandemic, managers should start asking themselves how they might build on such advances to further revolutionize their organizations.
How to Redesign the Future Workplace?
Below mentioned are the factors that need to be considered while designing the future workplace for the safety of employees.
Create Hybrid Workplaces
Despite the steady return to the office, businesses should continue to experiment with virtual labour. To begin with, the majority of people have only been working remotely for less than a year. While that seems like a long time, it's unlikely that businesses realized the entire spectrum of benefits that virtual employment had to offer throughout that time.
Second, when organizations can blend virtual and collocated work, the nature of virtual work will alter. Rather than requiring all work to be done remotely, businesses might begin to investigate the procedures and practices that can help virtual work evolve in order to maximize organizational benefits. Managers who continue to use hybrid meetings should try out innovative strategies to encourage distant members to participate.
Agility and Mobility at Workplace
The ability to move from a fixed to a fluid state is provided by mobility. Mobile furniture, technology, and power solutions, and divisional screens enable quick response to interruptions, freedom of mobility, and a dynamic environment. More hands-free solutions and large-scale digital collaboration devices, as well as upgraded technology, can help to increase mobility. As open spaces replace meeting rooms, standing meetings are likely to grow more popular.
Supporting Hybrid Work Digitally
If employees have the choice to work from home, it appears that they will use this time to do either individual-focused work or participate in remote meetings.
By recognizing who will be at the office at the same time, digital tools can assist increase in-person contacts. As more employees adopt a hybrid approach that includes both remote and collocated work, managers must continue to rethink how they manage performance.
5G enables the future of work from anywhere! Flexibility, teamwork, and productivity have always been important aspects of running a successful business, and they are even more so during a global pandemic. We're entering a new era of workforce mobility, and thanks to more efficient data networks, 5G technology, and a work-from-anywhere approach.
Reconfigure the Flexible Spaces
Workplaces, such as reception areas and conference rooms, usually function on a first-come, first-served basis and have fewer desks than people. Cleanliness and cross-contamination from numerous employees sharing desks are the immediate concerns in this type of workplace.
To prevent the spread of germs, measures to reintroduce employees to these environments could include assigning seats to individuals for a set length of time. If the tenants assigned to each desk are rotated on different days or weeks, explicitly discussing the strategy with cleaning services is critical for staff assurance that the desks have been cleaned.
Encourage employees to stroll in a clockwise direction to create a one-way flow and reduce transmission.
Time to Redesign Workplaces of Future
As we go forward into the months ahead, and preparations for the return to work begin, we hope that these factors will help us strike a balance between business continuity and worker safety.
With its strengths in agility, innovation, and quick reaction to the employees’ needs, a flexible workspace is a feasible concept for businesses. Employees of larger firms are now anticipating similar restructuring to be implemented.