Office space 2021: What is it?

OFFICE SPACE 2021: WHAT IS IT?
The challenges of 2020 questioned the usefulness of a permanent workplace for employees in the office its functionality and equipment. Why would anyone go to the office when you can avoid daily commuting, stay at home and work just as comfortably and productively as in the office? Why maintain offices when instead you can create conditions for remote work and save on rent?

For some employees, day-to-day office visits and eight hours of work in one place are over. But that doesn't mean that workplace arrangement doesn't matter anymore. For most companies, offices continue to play an important role in achieving business results. We just have to adapt to new circumstances and re-adjust our work in line with the new rules of the game.

How to upgrade your workflow and achieve a balance between office and home workspace? We have compiled a few recommendations based on the Herman Miller Research Institute report about changing working environment.
Always available
A close-knit charged team is the basis for business success. Create an environment for communication: provide video communication tools in every corner of the office, from personal workstations to meeting areas and kitchens. Let the team stay connected as they did before the pandemic.
Workplace reservation
Create a workplace booking system and define the rules.
Many people have difficulties with concentrate at home and do not have a comfortable working environment. Give them a choice: let employees pre-book workplaces and from time-to-time work from the office.
100% safe
Create a clear system for maintaining a safe and healthy office environment. Coming to the office, an employee should understand how many people are in it, where to sanitize his hands, when was the last cleaning, what workplace can be occupied. This will provide a sense of security and emotional comfort.
Herman Miller Research
The Herman Miller Factory Research Institute has worked hard to figure out what an office should be like, how to maintain high employee productivity and achieve the company's goals.

9 to 18 Monday to Friday

Before the pandemic, we divided staff into office and remote. In the office, everyone worked according to the same schedule, and each employee had a workplace. Often, companies have favored this strategy rather than organizing work based on activity, which considers the individual's productivity hours. Herman Miller's research shows that with this work format, employees take every opportunity to change their environment and work not only at the table but also in other areas.



9 to 18 Monday to Friday

Before the pandemic, we divided staff into office and remote. In the office, everyone worked according to the same schedule, and each employee had a workplace. Often, companies have favored this strategy rather than organizing work based on activity, which considers the individual's productivity hours. Herman Miller's research shows that with this work format, employees take every opportunity to change their environment and work not only at the table but also in other areas.

From experiment to reality

At first, working from home looked like a temporary experiment. However, it dragged on and became our new reality. According to Harvard Business Review before the pandemic, only 14% of companies agreed that most of their employees could work remotely. Covid changed this statistic and it raised up to 42%.

What's next?

The office will evolve from standard workplaces, it will turn into an integrated solution that helps employees stay productive, regardless of their location.
The office will continue to be a place that fosters connection and communication, cultivates learning, preserves the culture, and embodies the company's brand. At the same time, some of the employees will work from offices daily, but for the rest, the combined format will become the norm: part of the working time is from home, a part is in the office.


What's next?

The office will evolve from standard workplaces, it will turn into an integrated solution that helps employees stay productive, regardless of their location.
The office will continue to be a place that fosters connection and communication, cultivates learning, preserves the culture, and embodies the company's brand. At the same time, some of the employees will work from offices daily, but for the rest, the combined format will become the norm: part of the working time is from home, a part is in the office.
It's time to change.

Combined work from home and from the office will reduce the need to compact spaces with workplaces, companies will save on furniture, equipment, and utility costs. These resources need to be directed towards ensuring smooth communication in the team, as well as the arrangement of home offices.

Whether you are just starting to transform your workspace or just planning to change, we have ideas to help your employees stay productive and healthy in the office, at home and outside.

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