How remote working will change the post-COVID office
When thinking about the return to work,there has generally been two schools of thought on how the space should be adapted. There are those who think that there will be a need for larger office space to accommodate social distancing, while others believe there will be a move towards smaller offices, as remote working will take precedence. Let's take a look at what each of these entail:
Larger office fit outs to cater for social distancing
Government guidelines on social distancing,providing employees with peace of mind and the need to reconfigure shared spaces inside the workplace are leading some businesses to think that they require more floor space than what they have currently. Whilst initially, government directives need to be followed to ensure that the space is the right size and shape for the people it will be hosting, there is a medium-to-long-term question to be pondered here too; how much space will actually be required before we ask what is the best use of that space?
Some businesses will have a workforce that will need to be present in the same office environment to fulfil their work requirements. So to bring all employees back operating at their best, increased space will be a necessity. Conversely, some businesses will have discovered that staff can work well from home, so the space-saving that's made can be used for something different; areas to boost the collaboration of employees or facilities to create a community amongst the workforce, for example.