Office Design

October 06 by Hayley
The blended home/office model

An independent survey commissioned by the British Council for Offices (BCO) and published via the Guardian this week found that almost half of office workers anticipate splitting their working days between home and the office. Without doubt, the pandemic has had a huge impact in shaping our workplaces, our existing practices, and our business strategies, but will COVID-19’s legacy be a blended home/office model?

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How will company culture change after COVID-19?

Following the success of our first virtual coffee morning, last week we hosted our second meeting with over 40 of our clients, suppliers and industry colleagues. This time we discussed the importance of company culture following a global pandemic, the impact it could have and what this could mean for our future workplaces. We were joined by guests Richard Ford, Head of Office at BNP Paribas Real Estate Bristol with over 25 years’ experience within the office market, Jeremy Richards of JMark Consultants Limited and former Lead Director of JLL South and Wales, as well as Alice Stephenson, Founder and CEO of Stephenson Law which is a next-generation law firm operating a remote workforce.

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Top 5 design tips for adapting the office post COVID-19

COVID-19 has kept us away from the office for over 12 weeks, but this doesn’t mean it’s kept us from thinking about how to improve it, ready for our return. Following our future workplace research study, we have analysed the results and our workplace designers have put together a space plan with some 3D visuals of how the new office could look post COVID-19. With the results in mind, we have explored the five key points to consider for adapting your office design.

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What’s the human cost of home working?

As businesses prepare and analyse their phased return to the workplace, Kevin Mashford, Sales Director at Paramount Interiors, shares his views on the importance of team connections and what the human cost will be of remote working. "A fair amount has been written in recent weeks about how COVID-19 has brought about the sudden ‘demise of the office’. As businesses stare into an economic downturn, the like of which we’ve never seen before, it’s easy to see how the cost efficiencies of remote working could appeal. But, what does it mean for the workforce? Is home working really all upside?"

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