How Will Your Workplace Change Beyond COVID-19?
COVID-19 has brought about huge changes in the workplace, some of which are likely to stay even when the pandemic eases.
Some of the adjustments made have actually highlighted more effective, efficient and sustainable ways for businesses to operate. However, others are likely to be implemented to prevent further transmissions and uphold hygienic standards.
Either way, COVID-19 has given businesses a unique opportunity to make long-term changes to how and where they work.
Here’s how your workplace could change in the future and what you need to do to successfully evolve.
An increase in remote work and flexibility is almost guaranteed to stay beyond COVID-19 across most industries.
As a vast majority of organisations have made the switch to remote work during COVID-19, the capabilities and benefits have been significant – for business and life.
The past few months have proven that businesses can maintain great communication with their teams through video services like Zoom and messaging platforms such as Slack.
More importantly, productivity has continued to thrive, with research showing that productivity can even increase when employees work from home. Talk to your colleagues – most are hoping to maintain some work from home each week.
Change in office designs
The office space itself could see drastic changes, depending on your business and team size.
Dense, open-floor plans could revert to a closed-plan working space and individual workspaces could be reduced, especially if more workers stay at home.
Offices could become more like cultural hubs, transforming to become more social, collaborative and flexible spaces.
It’s also predicted that business owners will try to adapt their working spaces to comply with social distancing rules. This could be as small as providing more hand sanitisers for workers and having more visual cues in place to help workers keep their distance, to drastic changes like rebuilding wider corridors and implementing contactless technologies which operate through motion sensors and facial recognition.
To support these changes office furniture could also change, including bigger desks to prevent people from sitting close to each other.
How tenants can evolve their own workplaces
Review your long-term property strategy
Firstly, review what has changed with your business, how COVID-19 and these potential changes will impact your workplace, and what your future goals are. Work out the level of reconstruction required to adapt your workplace – you may not have to adjust a lot, or you may be looking at a complete redesign of your workspace. You should also be considering whether you need your workplace design to remain flexible in the long-term future or whether you’re looking to make more permanent changes.
Based on this review, you need to decide whether you can stay at your current location and restructure your lease, or if you need to seek alternative premises. With either option, it is important you seek advice from a tenant representative who will help you through this process.
Form the right support team
Forming the right team to deliver a value-for-money outcome will be critical to this process. You should be working with an interior designer and architect to understand the best way to maximise your space with the budget you have. Most importantly, a property advisor will help you across the entire process by providing you with expert, trusted advice.
Talk to an experienced property advisor and tenant representative about your options.
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Ben Heritage Managing Director, Broadway Property
Ryan Stewart Director, Broadway Property