The idea may seem far fetched, but coming back to the office could be our reality sooner than anticipated.
However, once workers return, there will be massive changes to how things are done, particularly in terms of work arrangements and the technology that is used to conduct work.
So what can we expect from the future of the office and how it will impact the workplace as a whole?
For starters, remote working arrangements are not going anywhere. The past year has taught business leaders how to keep employees engaged and productive, and one of the best ways to do this is offering workers choice.
Not only has working from home been found to improve productivity, but it also has improved the mental wellbeing of employees.
Although remote working has also brought some spikes in burnout due to the inability to separate work from home, the end of the pandemic could help alleviate these issues.
Still, workers have expressed missing the office in the midst of the pandemic, so it’s important to listen to what employees need and offer them an alternative workplace solution, such as a coworking membership.
That’s where flexibility comes in. Because working from home can lead to working longer hours, it’s essential for business leaders to encourage workers to take time to care for their personal lives when working from home.
This means allowing them to choose their hours and arrangements so they have a schedule that works best for their needs.