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How workplace design is encouraging people to return to the office following the pandemic

How Workplace Design is Encouraging People to Return to the Office Following the Pandemic

Before COVID-19, offices were considered to be the optimal place for productivity, innovation and collaboration.

If a business wanted to foster growth, innovation, and productivity, its employees needed to be in the office. There was simply no other alternative, as former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer claimed back in 2013.

But when the pandemic hit, businesses were forced to embrace remote working overnight.

Much to their surprise, this allowed them to embrace new technologies and innovation, and boost employee productivity and focus. Location was no longer a constraint, and they could attract key talent from around the world while also reducing costs.

Employees benefitted too. Instead of being forced to face the daily commute, they were able to work in comfort, enjoy a better work-life balance – and continue to move their careers forward.

Although the pandemic is no longer at its peak, the traditional office environment and working practices have changed forever.

We now need a different type of workspace that encourages team members to return to the office, provides optimal working conditions, and promotes flexibility, creativity and employee well-being.

Workplace design trends for the post-pandemic world

Both Architects and Interior Designers have embraced these new demands and are using them as creative fuel to break free from traditional workspace design.

They can now create hybrid office environments that support the organisation’s goals, while also providing what individuals need for optimal focus, creativity and innovation.

The most exciting design trends include the following…

1. Multi-use spaces

Post-pandemic, Interior Designers and Architects are creating a variety of workspaces that can adapt to the needs of the project and individuals. Instead of open-plan offices, we’re seeing a return to rooms of various sizes, including more multi-purpose communal rooms. Employees can choose where they want to be throughout the day, and any focused work can either be done at home or in an individual space.

2. A focus on well-being

By increasing natural light and green spaces, and incorporating natural design elements, Interior Designers can create an office environment that promotes employee wellness. Many larger companies such as Google have created communal leisure spaces, including meditation rooms and gyms. This, in turn, boosts productivity, creativity, motivation and innovation, benefitting the organisation and employees alike.

3. Optimal comfort

Providing a welcoming and comfortable environment is now key for Interior Designers. By recreating an office space that is free from harsh artificial light, not too hot or too cold and includes ergonomic furniture, workers will feel more relaxed in the office while remaining productive.

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4. Better use of design features

Faced with rapidly changing technology and innovation, Interior Designers are incorporating more digital-friendly features into their office designs. This makes them more accessible and user-friendly, offering yet another incentive for workers to return to the office.

Workplace design for the 21st century

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed working practices and office design throughout the world. By adopting certain new design features, businesses and organisations can encourage employees to return to the office, and thrive in uncertain economic times. Interested in a role in Interior Design? Check out our latest Interior Design Jobs.

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