Redesign workspaces in times after Corona
How the pandemic imapacts your work environment
COVID-19 has seriously impacted and changed our everyday life. Last but not least, this also applies to professional life: The working environment after Corona is different. In December 2019, the IGES Institute carried out a study on behalf of DAK-Gesundheit and in cooperation with the opinion research institute Forsa in which 7,000 employees were asked about their work spaces. Among other things, the participants were asked to provide information on their home office use. In April 2020, shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, 5,500 of the participants were interviewed again. This resulted in a real before-and-after comparison that is rare to find in science. The result: The proportion of those who work from home almost every day tripled from 10 to 28 percent. 75 percent of employees who regularly worked from home for the first time stated that they wanted to continue to do so at least partially.
The office remains a meeting place
What does it mean for the design of offices if more employees than before prefer the home office as their working environment? One thing is for certain, the office will not be made redundant in the future either. It remains the place where employees meet, even if it’s less frequent than before the crisis. Albeit all the digital communication channels through which the exchange now takes place even more now: Many of them lack the direct contact with their colleagues. In the future, the identification of employees with their own company will gain in importance, because it is important that they feel part of the company as a whole, despite flexible work locations. But: Offices will change. Not only work type models, but also the work environment after Corona must be thought through and be designed flexibly.
Rethink spatial concepts
It's a simple maths: if fewer employees are in the office at the same time, less space is required on site. That means: spatial concepts have to be rethought and in addition to saving space, the remaining areas can also be used differently. Coffee points, work lounges, project and workshop rooms not only offer opportunities for interactive, collaborative work, but also increase the attractiveness of the workplace. They also promote identification with the company.
From workshop to the planning process
We help you to redesign your office - for a successful future that begins now. As part of our “Next Level Workspace” workshop we work with you to develop the right strategy for your new working environment after Corona. And we answer the questions that are crucial:
• How do desk sharing and remote work influence future space requirements?
• How will this change the demands on the workspace environment after Corona in your company?
• How does the exchange work with colleagues who work from home? How do you manage people from a distance?
• How do you manage to retain employees and identify with your company despite mobile work?
• How would you like to be perceived as a company by your employees and customers in the future?
What happens after the workshop? On the basis of the jointly developed results, we develop the specific requirements for your new working environment and accompany the entire implementation process with the know-how and many years of experience of our highly qualified architects, interior designers and strategy consultants at bkp - from occupancy planning to the design concept to overseeing the change processes. We are your strong partner on the way to your new workspace environment. Holistic and future-oriented.
This way to your "Next Level Workspace":