The current situation which we are facing requires us to think about future arrangements for workspaces. Teleworking which was once more reserved for the self-employed has become within a few weeks the modus operandi for the majority of professionals. The social distancing requirements simply go against our Western culture, and what is more, that of organizations which promote innovation through continuous collaboration between their work teams.
It is clear that video conferences have their limits and with the passing weeks, employee engagement and mobilization is crumbling; we already know that it is difficult to consolidate a strong corporate culture and employer brand with all of our teams working remotely. A return to normal is therefore expected and inevitable.
This return of teams to the workplace must be carefully considered and planned. The last thing we would want to do is create more uncertainty and stress within our teams. Organizations will need to fully rely on the strength and talent of their employees as the road ahead will be long and steep.
Employee health and safety will, therefore, be at the heart of all priorities. But how will it be possible to organize environments according to this priority when open areas are legion in large organizations?
First, we need to consider that the level of vacancy in workstations and meeting rooms may be higher due to various factors, including temporary layoffs, work-sharing and the teleworking mode that will be maintained for some employees. This context could give way to the possibility of rearranging work spaces to encourage distancing.
And here are some solutions to help rethink your office layouts: