Before this pandemic started, the office, for a lot of us, was our second home in a lot of ways. It’s where we spent the majority of our time, we would simply endure the daily commute to and from work just accepting the traffic or the monetary cost to do so. We would get up a few hours before work started, to make sure we were all set and in on time. But now things have changed and they have changed rapidly. All of the above seems like a distant memory. However, after getting the nod from the Government that we should all return to the routine of old, it has got us questioning, how will we use the office going forward? Will it ever be like our second home again, a place for us to collaborate on projects and share information between teams?
We have all now become more than adept when using Zoom or Teams for meetings; the novelty has truly worn off about seeing your colleagues online. The giggles from the first few months as we saw our colleague’s dog walk making a cameo in front of the camera, or children screaming in the background have gone. Instead we now all understand when we can talk and when we can’t and that two people talking over the top of each other, is as audible as nails down a chalkboard. We have learned new ways to communicate. So coming back into the office could be both a challenge and also an extra cost to your business that you may not need.
It must be mentioned that we know that not all businesses can simply downsize office space, or continue to work from home, as their business model simply does not allow for it. However, for those businesses that have been able to fully adapt to the new style of home working, could you use your office space as;
A quiet place to work…
I am sure we are not the only ones that have longed for some peace and quiet whilst we finish our latest project, that’s due the same day or week. Could we now use the office for times like this? A place to escape and concentrate fully, rather than it being the primary place of work?
A collaborative space…
Team meetings, reviews, project brainstorming typically these are all processes that work better face to face. Utilising office space and meeting rooms for these tasks could prove very beneficial to your workforce.
Whether you will be bringing back all of your staff full time, or you start to use the office in a completely different way, simply going back to ‘how it was before’ is not going to be easy. Staff will feel undoubtedly anxious, or uncomfortable doing so, they may have spent the whole of lockdown,locked-down. Managers and leaders will have to create different ways for staff to engage with each other and feel safe doing so.
If you need any help at all, feel free to contact any of our team.