Although most people are eager to return back to the way things once were, there is a growing murmur of those who are actually enjoying being at home more.
For some it’s the increased time with family, and for many others it’s the ability to not have to commute to work every day.
That means that the spike in remote working will not just disappear once the virus is controlled. However, people have expressed still wanting to come into the office at least part of the time in the future.
In fact, global studies by furniture manufacturer Steelcase found that 54% of U.S. respondents said they expect to work from home at least one day each week or less.
It’s evident that the office will continue to play an essential role in the workplace, but how it is designed and operated will be important factors in its longevity.
So what can employers do to ensure that employees come back to an office that is safe, supportive and updated with the tools necessary for the post-pandemic era?
Safety is at the front of everyone’s minds, and this means more than clearly marked exit signs. Now, workers want to ensure that their workspace has good air quality, as well as strict cleanliness and distancing protocols.
Providing workers with the tools they need to support their mental wellbeing will also be essential to bringing them back into the office. Educating employees on how to manage stress, fatigue and anxiety will be critical for them to be fully productive and part of the workplace community.