What Office Spaces Post Coronavirus Could Look Like
There is no doubt that the coronavirus will leave a lasting imprint on modern society. New developments will now have to be made with mitigation of depredation in mind, and more attention will be given to things like density for instance. This could also change the face of architecture and civil engineering and also prompt a push towards spaces that allow for social distancing. Let’s take a glimpse into what office spaces post coronavirus could look like.
Transforming Behavior Through Floor Design
While we’ve seen many office floor configuration trends come and go, their goal was mainly to improve efficiency. With social distancing being the order of the day and literally becoming of vital importance however, we can expect more offices to have the concept built into their design.
This is already what’s happening with the 6 feet office, which was created by Cushman & Wakefield, a real estate company that was charged with helping over 10,000 Chinese firms reintegrate their employees after the country reopened the economy. The design uses large circles with bold colors that clearly demark designated desk areas to limit distance among other things. The coronavirus could also curb the trend towards less office space available per employee that we were seeing in China and in many other countries over the world.
Maintenance Budgets will Have to Include Sanitation
There will also be a greater need for sanitation services, and basic maintenance will not cut it anymore. We can also expect companies to tighten up their regular maintenance schedule. Services like Bee Line Support are already seeing a surge in demand for office space sanitation across the board, and this should continue to be the norm for a long time to come.
We could also see fewer shared workstations, as they can be hotbeds for infection and propagation. There’s also growing interest for disinfecting UV rays which can be used to disinfect workstations, and possibly entire offices in the future.
Offices will Have More Specialized Spaces
While more companies will start putting emphasis on remote working capabilities, the move towards more comfortable spaces we were seeing before the crisis should continue, as it aligns with future goals in many ways. One of the things we should see more of are specialized rooms.
Businesses recognize that face to face interaction and collaboration are still important, and we could see more mixed floor plans with highly aerated meeting areas combined with open floors that allow for easy distancing. Surprisingly, we could also see a return to enclosed workstations as open space floor plans have been shown to be some of the worst when it comes to propagation. This is because open floors also tend to promote open movement, and seating arrangements can often become problematic, not to mention cramped spaces with poor air filtration and aeration.
While there’s still a lot of uncertainty about what the office of tomorrow will look like, we can see in which direction it is heading. One thing’s for sure, and that is that the relationship between employees and their place of work will change forever.