The future of the workplace promises a significant increase in the amount of remote working, with more people demanding flexibility on when they need to make a daily commute into the office. While COVID-19 has changed the script on working at home, it also emphasizes the importance of the physical workplace. It is the marketplace or community where we physically gather, network, exchange, socialize, collaborate, build relationships, innovate, and learn. That physical proximity and face-to-face interaction is what builds trust among coworkers. While working at home will be an option, it’s the company office that serves as a communal touchstone, uniting people and forming culture.
The rise in the importance of happiness—the catalyst for innovation and creativity—will heighten the focus on the user experience and the provision of a safe and healthy workplace environment. Going forward, employees will take an active role in the creation of their environments: contributing to the processes and needs as the design progresses. Neuroscience research is no longer a nebulous concept for understanding workplace design and function. It is proven and supported by empirical data regarding focus, creativity, productivity and engagement. The practice of mindfulness will be ever more important as we need to retrain our brains to be in the present and centered on the now and the immediate task at hand—recognizing the need for spaces that allow us to focus.
Our connection to nature, both visually and physically, will become a standard feature in all workplaces through the integration of biophilic design. The exposure and glimpses of natural elements in a work environment will be increasingly important for employee health. The selection of healthy and responsibly sourced materials will become mainstream as manufacturers move to comply with rigorous sustainable compliance standards and employees expect good planet stewardship from their company.
Thu, Oct 8, 2020 · 10:20 AM
Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Duration: 1 hour
Who can attend
Anyone with the event link can attend
Dial-in available? (listen only)
The Power of 'Choice': The pandemic has altered workers expectations and they will require ‘choice’ in where to do their best work, whether remotely or within the office. This requires architects to have a greater understanding of behavioral characteristics associated with creating an array of work settings for the different modes of work.
The Importance of Physical Workspaces: Offices remain vital in solidifying the company brand and culture, and as a tool to foster creativity and innovation. We will discuss new workplace models and location which are emerging as companies reimagine their real estate use and resiliency
Employee Happiness Matters: Our post pandemic landscape is due for an influx of innovation. Central to this, office design must consider the user and their experience at an increased level. Enrichment of that user experience contributes to well-being, creativity and happiness; key components of innovation.
The New & Shifting Roles for the New Workplace: New uses and practices require architects and designers to address the programming process in a more robust and wholistic manner; including protocols, atmosphere, sustainability and work patterns. As new space patterns and office usage evolve to address a larger dispersed workforce, learning from Co-working and hospitality practices, companies will engage Community Managers as ‘concierges’ of space and activities.