Nabil Sabet explores the design and technology implications of the dual frontier and how future office spaces can adapt.
It’s hard to predict the future in a world turned upside down. But we do know that this is a watershed moment - one that will result in long-term economic and societal changes. Top infectious disease experts warn that the resumption of “normal” life will be a long road back and that our new normal after COVID-19 will look anything but.
There is no replacement for being physically together and the human need for connection will always remain. However, it is certain that the way the workplace functions and accommodates the needs of organisations will change. Businesses must prepare for managing an (at least partially) distributed workforce.
We’ve known for years that design plays a vital role in employee health and wellness. However, how companies approach it - from home office set-ups to corporate headquarters - has taken on new urgency and importance. Here’s what is likely to change:
Before Zoom became a verb, many companies treated virtual meetings as second best to face to face collaboration - no longer.
Regardless of your age or role within the company, the pandemic has forced the world into a mass remote work experiment. Many are discovering its benefits. From Millennials to Baby Boomers, millions have embraced technology and rapidly developed new skills to work remotely. Many have come to realise that age and experience matter much less than resiliency, problem-solving, and flexibility.
So even when the current lockdowns are lifted, virtual working and learning will remain a steady part of our lives. All of this requires a strong underpinning of technology to enable remote working to flourish affordably. Here’s how:
What workplace design or technology changes are you envisioning for your business? Are you preparing now or waiting to see how the post-pandemic world unfolds? How do you foresee the future of work?
Nabil Sabet is Group Director at M Moser Associates, leading North America.