As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, how will the workplace adapt to a new normal? Apart from short term changes, what’s the long-term impact that will inevitably shape the future of work?
At its heart, the office is designed to boost productivity and connectivity, and have always served as central hubs for businesses. And, despite waves of transformative digital technologies over the past two decades, the fundamental value that an office provides remains steadfast.
In a post-pandemic world, offices will continue as the main engine for business activity. But changes will need to be made. Here's where we think the workplace of the future will look like...
Telecommuting, once an early 2000s buzz word, has become the standard mode of operation in this pandemic-ridden climate. Given the restrictions and safety protocols, what was once considered a “staff perk” has now become a survival tool for most businesses. But people are beginning to wonder whether their remote working arrangement will continue once the dust settles.
Now that most workers have experienced this once novel concept, the benefits of working from home have become apparent; from having more flexibility over one's day to greater work-life balance. And so, working from home has gained widespread traction and acceptance, and businesses have been forced to digitise so that their workers can continue to work productively.
However, it is unlikely that businesses will implement permanent remote working plans - the office still holds incredible value for interaction, collaboration, innovation and organisation culture. They are places where people aggregate, share knowledge and pool talents. And around 65% of workers say they would head back to the office as soon as they were able to do so.
So, what we are likely to see is companies adopting hybrid arrangements that allow for flexibility and adaptability.
Despite the shift in working behaviour, it's important to note that physical office spaces remain highly relevant, so long as they are safe, conducive and desirable. This means it's never been more important to plan out well-designed workspaces.
Though some of these adjustments will incur capital and operational costs in the short term, they will serve businesses well in the long term. No matter what the workplace of the future looks like, it is imperative that everyone works together through these extraordinary times to embrace new normal and pave the way forward.
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