Working from home has taught us many things in the last few months; our ability to balance our work-home life, how to work a variety of remote communication apps – and how good our internet connection is! However, one of the standout aspects of not being in a physical workspace for many people has been the lack of in-person contact they've had with their colleagues.

With future of offices now likely to combine the remote/in-person attendance; if you're considering moving everyone back into the office in the next few weeks/months, undertaking an office refurbishment is the best way to prepare your working spaces. Here, we're going to talk about the importance of cultivating an office community; and how the workplace can be adapted to cater for it.

How an office refurbishment can create a dedicated workplace community

As we spend the majority of our week at work, having that 'community feel' can be vital in the ongoing success of a business; if people feel part of the company, they are more likely to share a responsibility in its standing. This creates passion, commitment and a sense of belonging for the work they do, the people they work with and the company they work for.

Creating such a close-knit environment,especially in the current climate we find ourselves in, may seem nigh-onimpossible. If you also factor in the benefits of working from home (particularly during a pandemic!) refurbishing the office to harness collaboration seems like a futile task. With most things in life, it isn't that simple…

Why community is important to employees.

While working from home allows employees to feel liberated from the stressful commute and the constraints of office opening hours, they will still need to experience a balance of socialisation and isolation to flourish. Without interaction and in-person collaboration, people will miss out on impromptu idea-sharing, spontaneous teamwork and informal socialising; then there's the mentorship that can be provided either consciously or subconsciously.

Feeling equipped and motivated, challenged yet able to draw enjoyment from work are the cornerstones of a successful workplace. Development, both in their job role and their personal attributes,is also a vital point to consider. So, a healthy compromise needs to be found;something that allows employees to feel the freedom to work where, when and with whom they want. It should also provide a space in which they can group with their peers, allowing them to feel safe and valued. This is where an office refurbishment can help.

How to create a workplace community.

The solution to creating a workplace that combines both remote and in-person working can be found by adapting existing work settings to become more conducive to collaborative and social interactions. This can be achieved by creating/adhering to:

  • An agile work environment, in which employees will have the flexibility to choose how they work rather than the environment forcing them to operate outside of their comfort zone. An agile office is made up from several customisable working spaces; the 'traditional' open office set-up, private suites,collaborative spaces and dedicated facilities to meet with others who may be working from home.
  • The need for human connections can be fulfilled with a centralised area, such as a breakout room, tea point or kitchen that will allow employees to connect throughout the day. This helps to cater for collaboration and camaraderie, further boosting their productivity and wellbeing.

Interested in learning more about how an office refurbishment can adapt your workplace to 'the new normal'? Then the Oaktree team are on hand to help.

Bespoke workplace refurbishment by Oaktree Interiors

Here Oaktree Interiors, we are a vastly experienced office design and build company, having carried out hundreds of fitout, refurbishment and relocation projects across London and the South East of England.

As a result of our innovative approach to office design, we have established a leading service that has helped many different types and sizes of businesses to better utilise their workplaces. In a post-COVID-19 world, being able to have an inventive, custom office design will no doubt be vital, so please feel free to get in touch with us to learn how we can help you too.

For more information, call our office refurbishment experts on 034521 86955 or send an e- mail to hello@oaktreeoffice.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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