Offices will have to undergo a major transformation as employees slowly come back to workspaces after months of working from home.
Companies are looking at various ways to keep their offices safe. Whether it’s reducing the number of workstations, alternating workdays or limiting occupancy, there are various methods being considered.
“I think we’re all having the conversations right now,” said Jorge Colón, director of interior architecture and design for CO Architects. “Even something as straightforward as going into the elevator. Elevators are very cramped spaces. It’s not just the workstation but points of entry — what are the pinch points?”
Some companies are implementing more sanitizer dispensers, high-end air filters, optional temperature checks and more.
While tenants are exploring offices that allow them to return to work, many will be wary of spending big dollars on large spaces. With this, it is expected that organizations will be decreasing the number of seats in their spaces, while having the room to encourage physical distancing.
Coworking companies, which are taking a major hit as people opt to work from home, could benefit from this shift if they make the proper changes. This should include an emphasis on private offices, staggered seating, and sanitizing common areas. For instance, Industrious is currently testing and tracing, distancing, sanitizing every two hours and limiting contact in their space.
Moving forward, industry experts believe that coworking will come out successful as big companies seek more flexible, short-term leases.