Tired of talking, reading, and researching about COVID-19 implications in the workplace? We get it. How we use space is dominating the conversation. Our team has been pouring over white papers, think pieces, and panel discussions to hear what people have to say. We’ve been listening. And when you listen, there are some things that start to stand out.
We’ve taken that information and made a list of the Top 10 conversations you should be having about your space. These are conversations that are going to affect your people and your bottom line.
Choosing the right materials for your space is more important than ever
We’ve all spent a lot of time in the last few weeks looking at surfaces in a new way. Can I touch that handle? Who’s been using this table? Is any of it going to put me at risk? All valid questions. It’s why being thoughtful about the materials we use to construct our spaces is more important than ever.
Healthcare design elements provide form and function to uncertain office environments
Expectations have changed. We don’t just want beautiful design and ergonomics from our workspace. We want crisis-level preparedness. Medical-grade materials? Cleaning and sanitization protocols? Yes. All of it. We want the assurance our physical health isn’t being jeopardized by returning to a shared space.
Working together even when we’re apart comes with unique challenges
We want to stay connected and we’re using the internet to do it. Organizations have to find a way to nurture that connection. In most cases, this means a robust network infrastructure. According to Cisco, by 2022, 82% of all global internet traffic will be video. And if you look at how many webinars and virtual meetings we’ve attended in the last few months, you can see we’re well on our way to that target.
How to create safe spaces that protect the hearts and minds of the people that use them
A distributed workspace needs to make people feel safe, connected, and productive
COVID-19 has splintered the workplace. Many of us have moved from vibrant, productive, culture-building hubs to home offices, kitchen tables, and basements to get the job done. Some of us are still right where we were before this whole thing started. At work. One thing is for sure. We’re not all together anymore. This is the new distributed workplace.
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