The world as we know it has changed. The way you run your business – and by extension, your office – should too.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the popular thinking was that people should be in the office in order to be productive and to be managed effectively. But as the forced working-from-home situation proved, most companies don’t actually need people in the office. Now, as we look around us in 2021, does that mean that companies don’t need physical office space?
No, and here’s why.
The simple truth is that people need people in the office – from a social, interactive and collaborative point of view. As a business owner, it’s no longer about making staff come into an office from 8am until 4pm everyday to complete their tasks. It’s more about the office becoming a place for us all to connect, interact, touch base, and feed off each other’s energies.
As a business owner, it’s important to consider the previous impact of time wasted in traffic, compared to the ability that most employees have now developed to adopt flexitime. Given this, it’s important to consider the value of focused time that people can achieve at home, compared to the interruptions at the office that they used to deal with.
But equally as important is to consider the loss of connections within teams. There are other ramifications to this too, such as the difficulties in integrating a new staff member into a company when there is no physical office gathering. Perhaps most threatening, though, is the risk of the “death” of a company culture if no employees are connecting, seeing each other and interacting.
The bottom line is that offices are still needed. But what they’re going to look like in 2021 will certainly change. That’s where we come in. We can help you answer this question: when people come to your office, what do they need?
They don’t need a private space in which to work on their laptop (they can do this at home).
They need a collaborative space.
A meeting space.
A brainstorming space.
A feedback space.
Then there are other new things to consider, such as increased requirements for social distancing, which may require a different floor plan and more spacing between desks.
If you’re weighing up these questions as you consider your business’s path in 2021, we can help you figure out the answer. We can help you meet these needs for connection – while adhering to social distancing protocols – by changing office layouts. And if you’re realising the importance of an office but don’t need as much space as you had before, we can help you save costs by downsizing offices.
Whatever this year brings, one thing’s for certain: it’s going to be another year of change. We’ll support you through this change so that your business not only survives 2021, but thrives.
Interested in changing your office dynamic as a result of Covid-19? Chat to us today to see how we can help.