What the Future of Office Design Might Look Like Now

What the Future of Office Design Might Look Like Now

By Kevin J. Ryan| May 25, 2020

Say goodbye to stainless steel–and hello to outdoor gardens.

The coronavirus pandemic might have some long-term effects on the way we design our offices. As companies look to incorporate better sanitation and implement some of the things they’ve learned during the crisis, many aspects of the office could change–from the materials used for upholstery to the overall layouts of floor plans.

“People are asking existential questions like, ‘What is the purpose of an office?’ ” says Nabil Sabet, engineer and group director at international design firm M Moser. “Some of the habits that we thought would take years to overcome are changing overnight.”

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Reports of the Death of the Workplace Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

By Randy Howder | May , 27 2020

For millions of office workers around the world, work has been consciously uncoupled from its usual location for the first time. And what’s been pleasantly surprising — interrupting children, pets, and roommates notwithstanding — is that most people are pretty good at working from home.

But why should we be surprised? Key corporate functions have been cloud-based for years and billions of frequent flyer miles show that lots of people have been working outside the office for a long time. In addition, we’ve had smartphones firmly in our grasp for well over a decade, so Zooming, Slacking, and Dropboxing are second nature to a whole generation of workers.

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Five Futures of the Post COVID-19 Workplace

By Drew Suszko| May 8, 2020

Work design and real estate professionals (along with everyone else) have fervently dissected the pandemic along with possible responses for corporate real estate post-COVID-19 and presumptive return to workplace scenarios over the last two months. Not surprisingly, questions beget questions. Practical recommendations have been delivered alongside fanciful gimmicks. It is tough to discern the difference, let alone keep up with the volume and pace of content.

At this point, despite the opportunistic imaginings of a few, and thanks to the hard work, collaboration, and transparency of thousands, the future direction has become more obvious: In the end, it is the leadership teams who must address the following questions prior to considering a substantial return in force:

  • Who ultimately needs to return to the workplace?
  • When can a safe and productive return be ensured?
  • How will businesses support the physical and psychological well-being of the workforce?
  • Does the increase in productivity substantially offset any additional operational or infrastructural expenses we might incur?
  • Are we willing to take on the risk?

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