The last twelve months have proven just how much can be achieved at distance. There is no doubt much to be gained from a more flexible way of working, but in determining this approach to the workplace, we must also consider what we stand to lose.
We’ve always believed the workplace should be a continually evolving platform, a space that can adapt in-line with the needs of the business and its people. But what do we all stand to lose if our teams become largely virtual? And how will this in turn impact on productivity, efficiency and creativity within business?
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?
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.
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.
With five generations about to share one workplace, we look at an overlooked member of the workforce. One who will outnumber the millennials in the office of the not-too-distant future.
What is biophilia and how can it enhance workplace design? We take a look at the trend that's "growing" in popularity.
Do you need help in planning your new office design?