Our homes have had to work extra hard to support us over the last year, providing us not only with comfort, space to relax and refresh but also to work. It’s time for our workspaces to step up and do the same. With around 1/3 of our lives spent working it’s important to make sure our workspace is the perfect environment to support our team, inspire them and help them grow.
Prior to the pandemic offices typically consisted of…
• Fixed desks
• Focus on maximising capacity
• A small amount of circulation space
• Support for in-office workers
Workspaces now have to work harder to support their occupants, who over the past 12 months have become accustomed to working flexibly from home. A workspace for the future now needs…
• Flexible desking
• Focus on employee wellbeing
• Remote working technology
• Socialisation areas
• More circulation space
We spoke to our design team to hear their thoughts on the post pandemic office, here’s what they had to say:
“The pandemic has reminded us of the benefits of coming into an office: the opportunity for collaboration, socialising and idea-sharing. But our workspaces now need to give employees the freedom to work in a way that’s productive but also flexible.
“With many of us spending so much of our time at home this year, I definitely expect to see a shift in commercial interiors towards a more domestic feel, becoming commonly referred to as ‘resi-mercial’. We’ll be looking to designate a larger amount of floor space to breakout and collaboration areas, ‘pods’ and zones, as well as high benches to allow for standing desks, hot desking opportunities and further integration of technology.” Interior Designer, Fiona Thornham.
“It’s been a tough year for everyone. I think a lot of us have really seen the value in protecting our mental health and I believe that workspace design will really take this new appreciation on board. A lot of our recent designs have looked to bring the outside in with planting, exposed natural finishes and muted tones. This approach creates a space that inspires higher levels of concentration and lower levels of stress.” Head of design, Kevin McIntosh.