Offices that incorporate wellness, inclusivity and engagement have become increasingly valuable over the past few years, but the real test began in early March when the pandemic hit.
A study by McKinsey found that 80% of employees enjoyed working from home, but a Harris Poll revealed 72% are eager to get back to the office.
Although virtual technology has made working from home a seamless process, analysis finds that people still value in-person relationships and collaboration with their colleagues. But this cannot be accomplished without making big changes to physical offices, such as the inclusion of ergonomic furniture and other features that emphasize health and safety.
Flexibility is key in meeting the varying needs of workers in a post-pandemic environment, so how can a business reconfigure its office to meet such needs?
OFS Brand president Hank Menke’s proprietary Human Needs Matrix concept narrows it down to a few essential human needs.
Humans have the innate need to connect with one another. Having a work environment where employees feel like they belong nurtures community and can help bring people closer together, particularly during these uncertain times.
The best workspaces enhance a sense of discovery in workers. Offices that inspire employees to be innovative and approach new ideas can help transform how we live and work in a new and exciting way.
Allowing time for balance is also vital for a healthy workplace. Creating a space that is dedicated to restoration in the midst of a workday is essential for recharging and can boost the physical and mental health of workers.