As states across the nation start sending folks back to the office for the first time in almost five months, what will we see change? The world of work has had to shift completely online in record time, and some people kind of like it that way, but many companies and executives are thinking about the new look of office spaces and how they can make them worth having.
For those of us that work outside our homes, how can we expect the world of work to change? What will our offices look like? Are offices over forever?
We’re bullish on the future of work and are fairly sure people are going to want to collaborate in real life, what’s more, it’s all about balance, shifting, and readjusting priorities.
First off, all of us won’t be in the office together anytime soon. Until the glorious day that the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed, most workplaces will probably be on a hybrid remote/in-person structure. Perhaps a skeleton crew of the most essential staff will be in the office, while those of us that can easily work from home will stay there.
What this means is a whole lot more open space. No excuses for office clutter any longer. Take out some desks and create some more air flow and visual space, open sight lines. Wide open work spaces are the name of the game. And honestly, this is a win for personal space and increased focus at work.
It also means that you can subtract furniture and add art! We already know art makes any space feel alive, vibrant, and fun, and with less clutter and more openness, a well-lit art gallery expertly hung along a feature wall, focus area, or entryway will not only engage employees, showing them you care, but it also establishes that the space is vital, energetic, and ready to work.
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