Returning to the office doesn’t seem as far fetched as it did even a few months ago, but before it can be possible, business leaders will need to make big changes to these spaces.
Beyond installing hand sanitizer stations and plexiglass barriers, companies need to evaluate what changes will truly keep employees safe and happy, while improving their experience.
Site selection will be the first key step. Office space availability rose to 20.6% by the end of 2020, so it’s essential to be creative in how space is utilized moving forward.
For instance, companies could look to big-box buildings or warehouses for their new workspaces. These spaces are not only more cost efficient, but they also provide wider spaces to accommodate physical distancing needs.
Additionally, it would be wise to include home working arrangements until further notice. By adopting a more hybrid approach, workers can still come into the office certain times of the week and help keep occupancy levels down.
One of the more overlooked changes that will need to occur is the infrastructure of buildings and how to adjust it to improve the overall environment.
That means incorporating better quality air filters, humidity control, natural lighting and increasing outdoor airflow to enhance the wellbeing of occupants within the space.