The staffing trickle back to the workplace is gaining momentum, and while it’s not exactly open floodgates, there has definitely been an increased interest in getting our office spaces geared up for the return from the virtual to the physical office. However, sensitivities remain. Maximising floorspace for worker capacity has been replaced by creating specific work-related pools.
Areas of individual focus; areas to relax and chat with colleagues without disrupting the concentration of others.
Collaboration spaces have become more prominent – areas to meet together and brainstorm, areas to have confidential discussions, areas to connect online with remote clients and colleagues.
There is still a lingering proximity sensitivity – having spent 2 years being ‘distant’ from each other, for fear of illness or due to hygienic restrictions – so communal areas need wider passages, better ventilation and alternative accesses. And then – acoustic management has come to the fore – as much as busier and quieter areas are being re-arranged physically, there has also been a push towards improving the sound (or lack of it) quality in specified areas.
Reducing unnecessary reverberation and echo, absorbing higher sound spikes, and creating soundproofed areas are some of the ways of reducing staff distraction and anxiety.
So – while the space might be the same as January 2020, its layout, usage and worker expectations in July 2022 are now different. Masks are off, smiles and facial expressions are once again more evident. As your workforce once again engage with each other, let us assist you in bringing about some of the adjustments necessary for an optimised effective workspace.