30 Mar Creating Workplace Settings
Now that the Government has outlined the roadmap for lifting the lockdown restrictions, many businesses will be busy planning how to get people back to work and return to normality. As the leading office fit out company in Berkshire, we understand how office spaces will be used differently to those heady pre-covid-19 days.
Many people are desperate to get back to work and see their colleagues in person. The home office will certainly continue to have its uses, but heading back to a central workplace could act as a haven for productivity.
Many companies are adopting new layouts for their office spaces as they welcome back employees who might have mixed feelings about returning. Many forward-thinking businesses are looking to have dedicated areas within their work place for specific functions. We’re going to take a look at some of the potential settings you could employ in your office.
For employers with premises, now is the perfect time to update your office to accommodate your teams ready for your employees’ return. If you would like to speak to a member of our expert team about your requirements, make sure you get in touch on 01344 303504 or email us.
People have spent the last year working from their sofas, kitchen counters, dining tables, home offices and, dare we suggest… their beds. Don’t underestimate the importance of having a dedicated desk space; we believe that while the desk space will remain the staple in the workplace, there is likely to be fewer allocated workstations. The likelihood is that desks will act more like hot desks than owned spaces, this will increase space for other work settings and improve the workforce’s flexibility.
Socialising at work can often be limited to brief chats in passing during the working day. Lunch breaks are the best time for people to catch up on a personal level and there’s no better way to do this than by gathering in a communal refreshment area. Having lunch together or making coffee are some of the most important times of the day for many employees. These interactions are proven to improve working relations and team morale, just don’t use the wrong mug.
Collaborative Working Areas
Assign an area in which groups can work together to achieve something during a project or task. Working from home has made working collaboratively inefficient and verging on impossible. This will be one of the things your employees missed the most during their stint working from home.
Working from home has been a real eye-opener for many people. When you are surrounded with household distractions it can be difficult to focus, not to mention home schooling and other things that can turn your attention. So home is either the perfect place for a little quiet time or the absolute worst!
When reconfiguring your office to include some quiet areas, make sure they are fit for purpose. Single occupancy pods might not work for your employees. Make sure there is plenty of natural light and comfortable furniture upon which to work. Imagine a modern library, try to cater for the different uses your quiet areas will be needed for.
Formal meeting rooms will remain a workplace staple. We have been formatting and reconfiguring office spaces for a number of years and the meeting room is always present. However, with a more fluid workforce, excellent video conferencing equipment has never been more important; especially as companies will need to start reducing the need to travel.
Usually reserved for upper management and/or smokers, outside spaces such as terraces and courtyards are likely to become more important in the post-covid workplace. Provision of natural light and fresh air are two of the most important factors when you are looking to improve staff morale and productivity. If you can provide some communal outdoor space at your workplace think about how you can optimise it as a work setting.
By allocating your work settings to specific functions you can keep a fluid workforce engaged and enthusiastic. There is likely to be a period where social distancing will still be recommended, this kind of configuration will help to keep your teams safe and confident as they return to a working normality.
Get in Touch
If you are looking at modifying your office space in anticipation of normality returning to the world, make sure you speak to a member of our team about your workplace requirements on 01344 303504 or email us.
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