Many workplaces were displaced in 2020. It created a temporary “on hold” and “wait and see” mentality that left employees feeling unsettled and unsure.
With a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon, businesses realize they must find a more permanent solution and evaluate what the new workplace will look like.
Will those who have gone fully remote stay that way? Will they ask employees to return to the office full time (even if they don’t want to)? Will the office transition into a hybrid model, where staff can work from home part of the week?
No matter which choice you make for your business, you’ll need to reinvent the workplace by modifying the space (even if that means moving to a new office), updating technology and reforming workplace culture to fit the needs of our changed world.
The Case for Space: To Return to The Office or Not
After working from home for months, some workers are anxious to get back to the office while others aren’t. There are businesses reporting an increase in efficiency and others who have noticed a decrease in productivity. In more expensive real estate markets, office space can be a huge portion of overhead costs…is it worth it?
What about the loss of unquantifiable outcomes, such as work friendships and spontaneous moments of innovation that come naturally from in office work…how do you gauge their value?
These are personal decisions that each business will make. There is a compromise in the hybrid workplace which asks employees to come to the office a few days a week or as needed for specific projects and meetings.
This model allows employees to keep the comforts of home life, encourages collaboration on days when the team is in office and allows the option to reduce office size (thus potentially lowering costs of rent, office furniture and equipment).
Business Office Technology Upgrades to Help the Transition
No matter what your “new normal” workplace looks like, it will need technology solutions to go with it. Fully remote companies will have to invest in stronger networks, video conferencing platforms and better video and home office equipment. Otherwise, they run the risk of looking less professional than their in-office counterparts.
With a hybrid office, strengthening the video communications will also be a priority, but on a less individual scale. This could take the form of reconfiguring a conference room and adding projectors or mounted monitors to host virtual meetings.
How Will This Impact Company Culture?
Your company was built on a set of values and ideals. Some of that might change with the new workplace, including where and how you work. The most immediate impact will be socially, but there are creative solutions to mitigate that downfall. Maybe you host an annual meeting that everyone (including remote workers) attends or build those happy hour zooms employees made during quarantine into the schedule.
There isn’t a “one size fits all” model for the new workplace. No matter what, it will be an adjustment. Change is never easy, but Tactical is here to support you in every step of the process. Through space planning and design, options to rent or lease furniture for temporary arrangements and a fully stocked online store with delivery, we’ll make sure that this transition goes as smoothly as possible.